Henry William Chesbrough



  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.  Degree conferred May, 1997.
  • M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  Arjay Miller scholar (top 10% of class).  Degree received June, 1983.
  • B.A., Yale College, Yale University.  Economics major, with distinction, Engineering minor.  Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude, June, 1979.

Research Interests

  • Models of Industrial Innovation.  Organizing, structuring and managing internal and external research and development.  Technology-based spinoffs, and corporate venture capital.  Managing intellectual property.  Comparative innovation in high technology industries between the US, Japan and Western Europe.  Author of numerous books on open innovation, including:
  • Open Innovation, HBS Press, 2003
  • Open Business Models, HBS Press 2006
  • Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, Oxford University Press, 2006 (with Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West)
  • Open Services Innovation, Jossey-Bass, 2011
  • New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford University Press, 2014 (with Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West)

Academic Work Experience

Adjunct Professor and Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, 2011-present.  Founding director of this new Center at Haas to promote research and teaching on corporate innovation.  Programs  include:

  • Open Innovation
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Berkeley Innovation Forum

Adjunct Professor, and Executive Director, Center for Open Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2011. 

  • Directs the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, focused on research and teaching on the impact of globally distributed knowledge on growth, firm strategy and industrial innovation.
  • Leads the Berkeley Innovation Forum, a consortium of 40 organizations devoted to advancing research and practice in innovation management
  • Launched a new course on Innovation in Services and Business Models in 2007
  • Launched a new MBA elective course on Organizational Moonshots in 2018
  • Appointed to full Adjunct Professor in 2005
  • Named Meyer Family Fellow in 2011

Professor of Information Systems, ESADE School of Business, Ramon Llul University, Barcelona, Spain, 2010-present

  • Part-time research appointment
  • Member of IIK faculty group

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, 1997-2003.  Joint appointment in the Technology and Operations Management area, and in Entrepreneurial Management. Responsible for second year elective course in Managing Innovation. 

  • Taught first year required course in Technology and Operations Management for two years. 
  • Taught Managing Innovation elective course for two years in MBA program
  • Taught Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise elective course with Prof. Clay Christensen.
  • Faculty participant in numerous executive education programs at HBS.
  • Appointed Class of 1961 Fellow in 1999. 

Research Associate, UC-Berkeley School of Engineering, 1995-1996.  Semiconductor Equipment Supplier Study of After-market Service and Support costs and strategies, with Engineering Professor Robert Leachman.

Research Assistant, 1993-1995.  Technology Transfer Study of “dual track” projects from the National Laboratories to the private sector, with Haas Professor David Mowery.

Graduate Student Instructor, 1995.  Assisted Professor Sara Beckman in the MBA required class, Manufacturing and Operations Strategy, in 3 sections totaling 180 students.  Received award for Outstanding GSI, May, 1996.

Industry Work Experience

Chesbrough Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA and Berkeley, CA, 1990-1996.  Principal in product definition and marketing consulting services for technology-based companies in the computer industry.  Worked with startup, medium-size and Fortune 500 companies in four technology areas:  mass storage; application software; networking and communications; and information services. 

Quantum Corporation, Milpitas, CA, 1983-1990.  Held a variety of product management and marketing positions in this Fortune 500 Winchester disk drive company, culminating in Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for $100 million subsidiary, Plus Development.

  • Corporate Officer and member of Plus’ Executive Staff.  Reported to Plus’ CEO.  Managed $8 million budget, and staff of 22 people. Responsible for product requirements, product management, product marketing, corporate communications and customer service and support
  • Launched 15 new products into the end user mass storage market in over 15 countries around the world, yielding cumulative product revenues of over $500 million.  Products included PC storage upgrades, removable storage devices, and modular network storage servers.

Bain and Company, Boston, MA, 1979-1981.  Associate Consultant in business strategy consulting firm.  Team member on projects in ophthalmic goods, agricultural chemicals, and nylon intermediates industries.