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Henry Chesbrough - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Henry Chesbrough Henry Chesbrough

Adjunct Professor | Mike and Carol Meyer Fellow | Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


Innovation thought leader who launched the "Open Innovation" paradigm



Areas of Expertise (7)

Open Innovation

Open Innovation and Business Models

Comparative Industry Evolution


Innovation Strategy

Business Development

Managing Intellectual Property


Henry Chesbrough, who coined the term "open innovation," is educational director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at Berkeley Haas. His research focuses on technology management and innovation strategy. He also teaches at Esade Business School at Spain's University Ramon Llull. He has been an adjunct professor at the Harvard Business School and previously served as product manager and vice president of marketing at Quantum Corporation, a manufacturer of data storage devices and systems. He earned a BA in economics from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a PhD in business administration from Berkeley Haas.

Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external and internal ideas and paths to market to advance their technology. The central idea behind open innovation is that—in a world of widely distributed knowledge where the boundaries between a firm and its environment have become more permeable—companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research but should instead buy or license processes or inventions from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm's business should be taken outside the company (e.g., through licensing, joint ventures, spin-offs).



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Education (3)

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley: PhD, Business Administration and Public Policy

Stanford University: MBA, Highest Honors

Yale University: BA, Summa Cum Laude, Economics

Honors & Awards (12)

Honoris Causa Doctorate: Universitat de Vic, Spain


Honoris Causa Doctorate: Hessalt University, Belgium


Berkeley Haas "Leading Through Innovation" Award


"Open Business Models" named in Top Ten Books on Innovation

Businessweek Magazine 2006

Scientific American Top 50 Business and Technology Leaders


"Open Innovation" named Best Business Book on Innovation

Strategy and Business Magazine 2003

NEDO/METI scholarship for research on spin-offs

March 2003

Sasakawa Foundation Research Fellow, Haas School of Business

2002 and 2003

Class of 1961 Fellow, Harvard Business School


Robert Noyce Memorial Fellowship in Industrial Competitiveness

Intel Foundation 1995-1997

Awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley


Leadership in Technology Management Award

PICMET (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering & Technology) August 2019

Selected External Service & Affiliations (4)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Research Policy and California Management Review
  • Academy of Management – BPS, OMT, TIM Divisions
  • Ad hoc reviewer, California Management Review, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Board member, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2003

2005 – present, Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business 2003 – present, Executive Director, Center for Open Innovation, Haas School of Business 1997 – 2003, Assistant Professor and Class of 1961 Fellow, Harvard Business School 1983 – 1995, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and other product marketing positions, Plus Development Corporation, an entrepreneurial subsidiary of Quantum Corporation

Media Appearances (15)

A startup created a ventilator in 6 weeks. What does that mean for other players in Asia?

Tech in Asia  online


The writer argues that open innovation has played an important role in Asian companies’ success in “leapfrogging” their international competitors. “Open innovation” was first coined in 2003 by Adjunct Prof. Henry Chesbrough. It encourages firms to look outside the confines of their companies and seek external knowledge, expertise, or technologies that can be incorporated into their internal innovation.

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Convention Bureau Italia premieres ‘BoxIT’, the free networking online platform for international buyers interested in Italy as a MICE and Wedding Destination

Meetings International  online


Even in the event planning industry, the concept of open innovation, coined by Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, Mike and Carol Meyer Fellow and the Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, is crucial to meaningfully connecting stakeholders to refine new ideas. Open innovation expresses how companies in the information age have moved from closed and silo-based processes to open innovation processes, which embrace external cooperation and are driven by the increasing complexity of our digital world.

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The House antitrust report is a major step toward reining in Big Tech

Brookings Institution  online


A new House antitrust report’s recommendation suggests that discouraging big tech acquisition of startups undermines the open innovation system described by Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, the Mike and Carol Meyer Fellow and faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation.

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Companies need to be more curious and humble, suggests Henry Chesbrough

Jornal do Comércio (Portuguese)  online


Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, the Mike and Carol Meyer Fellow and the faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, discusses how successful open-innovation programs can reduce costs, increase differentiation, speed up time to market, and diffuse risk.

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Finding Our Next Normal In The Covid-19 Recovery

Forbes  online


Few of us saw the Covid-19 pandemic coming. The rapid rise of cases, the overloaded hospital ICUs, the sudden deaths of thousands of Americans, all of this triggered a massive shutdown of our economy and our society.

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The pandemic is liberating firms to experiment with radical new ideas

The Economist  online


Some companies responding to the pandemic are embracing innovation, an approach that will have long-term benefits. Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, said most large companies do not use or license most of their patents, and save their "crown jewels." Now some of these vaults are being opened up, and their contents shared with others.

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Innovation and technology in the age of cybersecurity

Le Temps (French)  online


There are several definitions of open innovation, but a recent definition by Chesbrough is “ a distributed innovation process based on the management of knowledge flows across organizational boundaries, using pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms in accordance with the organization's business model ”.

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IBM Watson And The Value Of Open

Forbes  online


In 2011, IBM had the opportunity to change the market with the development of its then one-of-a-kind AI technology, IBM Watson. Yet the company's high expectations fell flat. Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, examines what went wrong.

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What Nokia Teaches Us About Tesla

Forbes  online


Adj. Prof. Henry Chesbrough, faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, writes about Tesla’s prospects from an innovation perspective. He notes that Toyota's software lags behind Tesla's—as Nokia's once lagged behind Apple's. "The Nokia experience teaches us how the basis of competition and of user experience and satisfaction in a market can change, and how it can change relatively quickly," he said.

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How to Capture All the Advantages of Open Innovation

Harvard Business Review  online


Henry Chesbrough, adjunct professor at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, coined the term “open innovation” over a decade ago. This is the practice of sourcing ideas outside your own organization as well as sharing your own research with others.

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“Gobernar no es subir impuestos, es saber generar riqueza con ellos”

La Vanguardia (Spanish)  online


La izquierda siempre ha estado más preocupada por repartir la riqueza que por crearla. Y eso no es suficiente, porque el Estado emprendedor, como demuestran Mazzucato y ahora Chesbrough, es el más necesario y efectivo de los innovadores cuando no cae en manos de una camarilla partidista y sirve a todos.

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Viewpoint: Why productivity is going down when technology is accelerating

Science | Business  online


It is an exciting time to be alive in Silicon Valley. Digital technologies, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), dancing robots, private space companies and autonomous vehicles abound around here. Technologies are advancing at an increasing rate, which some call “exponential technology”.

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Fire fighting—the lessons from Australia’s wildfires

The Economist  online


Australia is battling catastrophic wildfires. Climate models predict extreme fire events are going to become more commonplace. What can countries do to prepare? And, a glimpse into the chip factory around which the modern world turns. Also, what is “open innovation”? Henry Chesbrough, professor at the Haas School of Business, at UC Berkeley talks to Kenneth Cukier. Runtime: 24min

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How to Respond to the Rise of China

Forbes  online


Trade relations with China appear to be converging on an agreement that will bring more US exports - particularly farm products - to China. This will reduce the trade deficit between the US and China. Is this the best way for the US to respond to the rise of China?

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Berkeley Haas professors explain why Smart Village has a better chance of success than Smart City

Indica News  online


“Smart Village still has a chance, the reason being it is based primarily on private money,” Prof Chesbrough told indica. At least 40 companies have made small investments and they keep track on costs, return on investment, and profit; they also measure village impact and things like that.

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Selected Papers & Publications (6)

Open innovation: research, practices, and policies

California Management Review

M Bogers, H Chesbrough, C Moedas

January 2018

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The Adoption of Open Innovation in Large Firms

Research-Technology Management

Sabine Brunswicker & Henry Chesbrough

January 2018

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Hierarchical Segmentation of R&D Process and Intellectual Property Protection: Evidence from Mulitnational R&D Laboratories in China

IEE Transactions on Engineering Management

Henry Chesbrough and Xiaohong Quan


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Open R&D and Open Innovation: Exploring the Phenomenon

R&D Management

Henry Chesbrough, Oliver Gassmann and Ellen Enkel


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Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape

Harvard Business School Press

Henry Chesbrough


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Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology

Harvard Business School Press

Henry Chesbrough


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Teaching (3)

Managing Innovation

MBA 290I

Introduction to the Management of Technology

MBA 290A

Innovation in Services and Business Models

MBA 290T