Synopses & Reviews
In today's information-rich environment, companies can no longer afford to rely entirely on their own ideas to advance their business, nor can they restrict their innovations to a single path to market. As a result, says Harvard Business School Professor Henry W. Chesbrough, the traditional model for innovationwhich has been largely internally focused, closed off from outside ideas and technologiesis becoming obsolete. Emerging in its place is a new paradigm, "open innovation," which strategically leverages internal and external sources of ideas and takes them to market through multiple paths. This path-breaking analysis is based on extensive field research, academic study, and the author's own longtime experience working in Silicon Valley. Through rich descriptions of the innovation processes of Xerox, IBM, Lucent, Intel, Merck, and Millennium, and the many spin-offs that have emerged from these firms, Open Innovation shows how a company can use its business model to identify a more enlightened role for R&D in a world of abundant information, better manage and access intellectual property, advance its current business, and grow its future business. Arguing that companies in all industries must transform the way they commercialize knowledge, Chesbrough convincingly shows how open innovation can unlock the latent economic value in a company's ideas and technologies.
This work provides a new paradigm for managing corporate research and bringing new technologies to market. It includes four case studies (Xerox-PARC), IBM, Intel, and Lucent) showing the open innovation paradigm in all its potential, and risk.
About the Author
Henry Chesbrough is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Harvard Business School.
Table of Contents
Xerox PARC: the achievements and limits of closed innovation -- The closed innovation paradigm -- The open innovation paradigm -- The business model--connecting internal and external innovation -- From closed to open innovation: the transformation of the IBM corporation -- Open innovation @ Intel -- Creating new ventures out of internal technologies: Lucent's new ventures group -- Business models and managing intellectual property -- Making the transition.