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Henry Chesbrough

Adjunct Professor
Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation
Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m, F402
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PhD, Business Administration and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
MBA, Stanford University, with Highest Honors
BA, Economics, Yale University, Summa Cum Laude

Positions Held

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

External Service and Assignments

  • 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

Current Research and Interests

  • Innovation
  • Organizing, structuring, and managing internal and external research and development
  • Technology-based spinoffs and corporate venture capital
  • Managing intellectual property
  • Comparative industry evolution in high-technology industries between the US, Japan, and Western Europe

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Hierarchical Segmentation of R&D Process and Intellectual Property Protection: Evidence from Mulitnational R&D Laboratories in China,” with Xiaohong Quan. IEE Transactions on Engineering Management 57, no. 1 (2010): 9-21.
  • “Understanding the Advantages of Open Innovation Practices in Corporate Venturing in Terms of Real Options,” with Wim Vanhaverbeke and Vareska Van de Vrande. Creativity and Innovation Management 17, no. 4 (2008): 251-258.
  • “Open R&D and open innovation: exploring the phenomenon,” with Oliver Gassmann and Ellen Enkel. R&D Management 39, no. 4 (September 2009): 311-316.
  • Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape. Harvard Business School Press, 2006.
  • Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. Harvard Business School Press, 2003.
  • “Environmental Influences upon Firm Entry into New Sub-Markets: Evidence from the Worldwide Hard Disk Drive Industry.” Research Policy 32, no. 4 (2003): 659-678.
  • “The Differing Organizational Impact of Technological Change: A Comparative Theory of National Institutional Factors.” Industrial and Corporate Change 8, no. 3 (1999): 447-485.


  • Managing Innovation, MBA 290I
  • Introduction to the Management of Technology, MBA 290A
  • Innovation in Services and Business Models, MBA 290T

Honors and Awards

  • Honoris Causa Doctorate from Universitat de Vic, 2014
  • Leading Through Innovation Award, 2009
  • Book Open Business Models named one of Top Ten Books on Innovation by BusinessWeek magazine, 2006
  • Named as one of the Scientific American Top 50 Business and Technology leaders for 2003
  • Book Open Innovation named Best Business Book on Innovation by Strategy and Business magazine in 2003
  • Received NEDO/METI scholarship for research on spin-offs, March, 2003
  • Appointed Sasakawa Foundation Research Fellow, Haas School of Business, January 2002, and January 2003
  • Appointed Class of 1961 Fellow, Harvard Business School, 1999
  • Awarded Robert Noyce Memorial Fellowship in Industrial Competitiveness from the Intel Foundation, 1995-1997
  • Awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley, May, 1996


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