Posts con el tag ‘Henry Chesbrough’

The EU Commission’s Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook highlights ESADE’s expertise

The European Commission Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook was released last week, in order to “bring some fresh thinking as well as compelling evidence of the OI2 paradigm”, as the EU officials have stated.

The report, which recalls the origins of the Open Innovation concept and its potential to provide better solutions “to domains such as healthcare, transportation, climate change, youth unemployment, financial stability, prosperity, sustainability, and growth”. It also higlights that “these challenges provide a significant opportunity to create new shared value through innovation”.

We already see the influence of open innovation 2.0 which is taking the full advantage of strong seamless interactivity across all stakeholders, including users, across the whole innovation ecosystems: quadruple helix innovation! However, we need to continue actively searching for entirely new connections and areas between clusters.

New approaches create disruptiveness, and unanticipated opportunities. Therefore, it appears crucial for the public sector to catalyse a fluid, frictionless innovation space where all the stakeholders can share their ideas, prototype them and scale up the successes rapidly. Fail fast, scale fast!

The OI2 Yearbook also recalls the work of ESADE Professor Henry Chesbrough, who coined the term Open Innovation in 2003, and succesful experiences launched with the collaboration of ESADE, as the KIC InnoEnergy initiative.

If you’re interested in Open Innovation and the future of European Innovation Policy, take a look at the Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook!

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Henry Chesbrough awarded Honorary Doctorate at Universitat de Vic

Henry Chesbrough holding its Honorary Doctorate next to Jordi Montaña, UVIC’s rector. Image:UVIC

Henry Chesbrough, member of the institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE, received on the 22th of may an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vic – Central Catalonia University for its research on innovation and entrepreneurship, especially for its Open Innovation concept.

After receiving the honorary title, Chesbrough defined Open Innovation as “greater use of external ideas and technology in a business’s innovation process. Likewise, open innovation encourages businesses to allow their own unused internal ideas and technology out for others to use in their innovation processes”. This concept, coined by Chesbrough, has been widely embraced throughout Europe and the world.

For the innovation expert, receiving this recognition is a great honour. “I have been coming to Barcelona for nearly a decade. This honorary degree shows that Catalans are paying attention to new theories of innovation”, he said.

Chesbrough was also invited to participate in the International Advisory Board the university is preparing to promote its international reputation.

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Open Innovation at the forefront of particle physics research at CERN

Open Innovation have the potential to bring together the best part of open science and, at the same time, assure a return of the investment made in the project. Research on the forefront of particle physics at CERN is a good example of an expensive research with a high potential to develop many technologies and methods that are far more advanced than the normal practices in industry. The value of those technologies, and in particular of detector and imaging technologies, goes far beyond basic science alone. For instance, they have contributed to the development of touch screens for mobile phones, catalytic converters for cars, dental lasers, new cancer therapies and more.

With the aim of creating next-generation detector and imaging technologies and to spark a new wave of young entrepreneurs, CERN, ESADE and Aalto University are leading a new, pan-EU initiative to accelerate the development of these technologies – through a process of co-innovation with other research institutions, industry and universities. The ATTRACT Initiative will work with scientists, students, entrepreneurs and investors to invent new products and services and to attract new investment to the sector.

A pilot effort is already underway at CERN’s Geneva campus, with the aid of Aalto, the leading Finnish university with a world-class reputation for design innovation and management. Meanwhile, at ESADE in Barcelona, Associate Professor Henry Chesbrough – the man who first coined the term “open innovation”- is developing a new framework for scaling up this kind of collaboration at scientific establishments. It is a “co-innovation” framework that can be used more generally to convert open science into open innovation.

According to Jonathan Wareham, Vice-Dean of ESADE and Head of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management, “ESADE, as an important center of expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation, will contribute its know-how to develop and further commercialize innovative new products”. Wareham discussed the ways in which the ESADE community is helping to convert open science into open innovation: “The scientific community is doing basic research works to advance scientific knowledge as a social good; that is, as a contribution to all of humanity. However, the process of product development and commercialization generally requires some financial investment with the expectation of a return on the investment. This means that scientific knowledge and its developers must transgress from a world of open ownership and unrestricted access to one where property rights and investments are protected. Open innovation processes are strong in moving ideas across organizational boundaries, maximizing the potential of new configurations and applications, yet maintaining an optimal level of property-right protection to secure the needed investment.”

Wareham also discussed the ATTRACT Initiative’s goal of seeking new partners: “The project is looking for all kinds of partners that can contribute to the process of transforming CERN’s fantastic technological innovations into products and services for, and of, the European economy. This includes venture capitalists, but also traditional industrial and service organizations that can benefit from these opportunities and integrate them into their product lines. In addition to working with the European Union and Aalto, other businesses (Oracle and Airbus) and research infrastructures have also joined the effort.”

The main objectives of this great co-innovative project are to create breakthrough, open innovations in health, energy and information and communications technologies within the next 10 years and building a more entrepreneurial, innovative Europe in a strategic sector.

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Services Science – An update

Henry Chesbrough is responsible for coining the term ‘Open Innovation’. He is currently Professor at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and ESADE Business School.

He has written a number of books on open innovation: Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape (HBS Press, 2006), Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006), and Open Services Innovation (Wiley, 2011).

Complementing his work on Open Innovation,Henry Chesbrough has been very active in the field of Services Science with IBM Almaden Research Center.

His Article, “A Research Manifesto for Services Science” published with Jim Spohrer in Communications of the ACM (2006) established an agenda for uniting this Balkanized discourse into a mature and cohesive scientific discipline that can guide the evolution
of global economies in the coming century. Some six years later, his keynote, which he has prepared in consultation with Jim Spohrer, reflects upon what this research program has achieved, and where outstanding research opportunities remain.


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