Henry Chesbrough Hosting Open Innovation Conference

Top industry and academic leaders will gather to explore the latest ground-breaking research and industry practices in open innovation at the inaugural World Open Innovation Conference in Napa Valley, Ca., Dec. 4-5.

Registration is required. The event will be held at the Silverado Resort & Spa, in Napa, Ca.

The conference will cover topics ranging from the present and future of open innovation to how open innovation is driving the wearable computing revolution, drawing luminaries from organizations as diverse as NASA and Intel Corp. It will also explore groundbreaking global academic and industry research and address how organizations can bridge the gaps between theory and practice in open innovation.

“No other innovation conference has gathered so much talent from both industry and academia at the same time in the same place,” says Henry Chesbrough, adjunct professor and faculty director of the Garwood Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business.

Chesbrough, the pioneer of the open Innovation concept that many global organizations use today to incorporate external ideas into their innovation efforts, is event co-host and keynote speaker. Haas School Professor David Teece, faculty director of the Institute for Business Innovation (IBI) and director of the Center for Global Strategy and Governance, will also deliver a keynote.

During the conference, Chesbrough will release results of the first large-scale study of 125 large companies using open innovation conducted by the Garwood Center and Purdue University last summer. Data for the study was collected from U.S. and European companies with at least $250 million in annual revenue and more than 1,000 employees. Chesbrough collaborated with Sabine Brunswicker of Purdue University on the study.

A call for academic papers for the conference has also produced 115 submissions to date, says Chesbrough. “We've taken the best of both industry problems and academic papers to create this conference.”

Chesbrough will co-host the event with open innovation thought leaders Frank Piller, professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University in Germany; Joel West, professor of innovation & entrepreneurship at the Keck Graduate Institute; and Chris Tucci, professor of management and technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Additional conference keynote speakers include Staci Palmer, Intel’s Director of Global Strategic Initiatives and Marketing, who will speak on “How Open Innovation is Driving the Wearable Computing Revolution”;  Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University and Xerox Distinguished Faculty Fellow, IBI, UC Berkeley, who will discuss “A Knowledge Management Perspective on Open Innovation”;  and Tango Matsumoto, Fujitsu’s Executive Vice President & Head of Global Marketing.

Workshops will also be held on topics such as “Business Model Innovation,” “When Does OI Pay?,” “OI in Emerging Markets,” and “Public and Nonprofit Sector.”

Additional presenters include representatives from NASA, Standard Chartered Bank, Saudi Aramco, Natura, Open Photonics, and the European Investment Bank.
For more information about the conference visit the WOIC website.