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Henry Chesbrough

UC Berkeley
Henry Chesbrough is best known as “the father of Open Innovation”. He teaches at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, where he heads the Center for Open Innovation, and also at Esade Business School at Ramon Llul University in Barcelona. Previously, he was an assistant professor of business administration, and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude.

His research focuses on managing technology and innovation. His first book was Open Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), where he discussed why companies must access external and well as internal technologies, and take them to market through internal and external paths. This book was named a “Best Business Book” by Strategy & Business magazine, and the best book on innovation on NPR’s All Things Considered. It has been translated into 8 different languages. An academic version of open innovation, Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, with Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, was published in 2006 by Oxford University Press.

His next book, Open Business Models (Harvard Business School Press, 2006), extended his analysis of innovation to business model innovation, intellectual property management, and markets for innovation. It was named one of the ten best books on innovation in 2006 by BusinessWeek, and is being translated into six languages. Open Services Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2011) studies open innovation in the services realm, and examines the business model implications of shifting from products to services.

He has been recognized as one of the leading business thinkers by Thinkers50. He received an Innovation Luminary award from the European Commission and Intel in 2014. His academic work has been published in leading management and academic journals. He is a founder of Epilepsy.com and the Epilepsy Therapy Project. He also serves as an advisor to the American Chemical Society, Innocentive, and New Venture Partners. He has received two honorary doctorates, from Hasselt University and the University of Vic, respectively.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, he spent ten years in various product planning and strategic marketing positions in Silicon Valley companies. He worked for seven of those years at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard disk drive manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he worked at Bain and Company.

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