August 1, 2008

Berkeley Open Innovation researcher series

The Center for Open Innovation at UC Berkeley is starting a new speaker series on Open Innovation, which is open both for Cal affiliates and outsiders.

Here’s a summary of the new series
The new Open Innovation Speaker Series is a bi-weekly series intended to provide both academic and managerial perspectives on open innovation and related subjects. The organizers are Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley and Siobhán O’Mahony, UC Davis. This series is sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business, and the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, with help from CITRIS at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. It is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. If you would like to join the mailing list for papers and other information, please email Siobhan O'Mahony. The speaker’s papers will be posted on this site as they become available.
Of course, both Hank and Siobhán are my friend and co-author (respectively co-authors of a book chapter and article). Two other friends are also presenting in the Fall 2008 speaker series.

What I find deliciously ironic is that the talks are in the Hearst Mining and Minerals building. Mining was a cutting edge technology, vital to California’s economy, when Cal’s predecessor was founded in 1866.

Interestingly, most of the talks seem to be about the issues of how the organize innovation that is not (strictly) governed by an internal organizational hierarchy. Many of these examples of extra-organizational cooperation are the result of a change in business practice, but nearly all are happening today because the Internet and other ICT allow us to organized such efforts.

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