Henry Chesbrough
Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences in ESADE
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  • Doctor of Philosophy. University of California
  • Business Administration . Hass School of Business, Berkely
  • M.B.A. Stanford University Graduate School of Business
  • Economics major,Engineering minor. Yale College, Yale University

Areas of interest

  • Innovation
  • Organising, structuring and managing internal and external research and development
  • Technology-based spin-offs and corporate venture capital
  • Managing intellectual property
  • Comparative innovation in high-tech industries between US, Japan and Western Europe


Professor Chesbrough holds a PhD in Business Administration from Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Yale University.
He is currently Professor at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation, which focuses on research and teaching related with the impact of globally distributed knowledge on growth, strategy and industrial innovation. In 2009-2010 he was appointed Visiting Professor at ESADE Business School.
From 1997 to 2003 he held the post of Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the area of Technology and Operations Management and in Entrepreneurial Management.
Professor Chesbrough is responsible for coining the term 'Open Innovation'. He has worked in various Fortune 500 companies in fields related to: mass storage; application software; network and communications; information services. He is also an expert in after-sales services, support to the copy industry and the impact of Internet on the insurance industry.
His latest publications include: Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology Models (HBS Press, 2003), which won the 2003 Best Business Book Award from Strategy & Business Magazine; Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape (HBS Press, 2006), recognised as one of the top-ten books on innovation by Business Week Magazine; and Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006).

Selected publications

Chesbrough, H. & Chen, E. L. (2015). Using inside-out open innovation to recover abandoned pharmaceutical compounds. Journal of Innovation Management, 3 (2), pp. 21-32.

West , J., Salter, A., Vanhaverbeke, W. & Chesbrough, H. (2014). Open innovation: The next decade. Research Policy, 43 (5), pp. 805-811. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001.

Chesbrough, H. & Brunswicker, S. (2014). A fad or a phenomenon? The adoption of open innovation practices in large firms. Research Technology Management, 57 (2), pp. 16-25. DOI: 10.5437/08956308X5702196.

Chesbrough, H., Vanhaverbeke, W., Bakici, T. & López Vega, H. (2011). Open innovation and public policy in Europe. London: Science Business Publishing.

Chesbrough, H. (2011). Innovación de servizos abertos. Reinvente o seu negocio para crecer e competir nunha nova era. Barcelona: Plataforma.

Chesbrough, H. (2011). Innovación de servicios abiertos. Reinvente su negocio para crecer y competir en una nueva era. Barcelona: Plataforma.

Chesbrough, H. (2011). The case for open services innovation: The commodity trap. California Management Review, 53 (3), pp. 5-20.

Lim , K., Chesbrough, H. & Ruan , Y. (2010). Open innovation and patterns of R&D competition. International Journal of Technology Management, 52 (3/4), pp. 295-321.

Chesbrough, H. (2010). Business model innovation: Opportunities and barriers. Long Range Planning, 43 (2), pp. 354-363.

Chesbrough, H. (2009). Innovación abierta. Barcelona: Plataforma.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Chesbrough, H. (2007). Open business models. Abriendo el modelo de negocio. Manager Focus, 12 (10), pp. 8-8.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Chesbrough, H. (2007, May). Open Business Models [Review of the book: Open Business Models]. Manager Focus, pp. 1-8.

Chesbrough, H., Vanhaverbeke, W. & West , J. (2006). Open innovation: Researching a new paradigm. Oxford: Oxford University Press.