TEDxESADE - Henry Chesbrough - Open Services Innovation
Ways to Innovate at Apple and Google | UC Berkeley Executive Education


ESADE Business School
Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences in ESADE, Contracted Doctoral Professor


  • 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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