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Henry Chesbrough

Creator of "Open Innovation"


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Henry is an American organisational theorist, adjunct professor and the executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  

He is the creator of one of the most influential theories of modern business – open innovation.  He first coined the term in his 2003 award-winning book, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. His insights into open innovation models have restructured the world of research and development and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy.

Henry was ranked #24 in the 2015 Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers.

Open Innovation;

Innovation Strategy

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

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

Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm


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Henry holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University.

Prior to his academic career, Henry spent 10 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.

In 2006 he extended the open innovation approach from technology innovation to business model innovation in his successful follow-up book, Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape." Henry's 2011 book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era focuses on innovation models that can truly drive transformation and growth. With global economies shifting from being manufacturing-focused to services-focused, the book demonstrates that openness, and its ability to deliver improved choices for customers and better economies for corporations, is a path that can turn commodity companies into trailblazers.

Beyond authoring several highly acclaimed books, Henry also serves as Executive Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. Chesbrough is a tenured Full Professor at ESADEBusinessSchool in Barcelona, Spain.

Before his work at Berkeley, he was an assistant professor of business administration and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the HarvardBusinessSchool. His academic work has been published in Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research-Technology Management, Business History Review, andthe Journal of Evolutionary Economics. He is the author of more than 20 case studies on companies in the IT and life sciences sectors, available through Harvard Business School Publishing.

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