Open Innovation Seminar

Open Innovation Seminar features current research of Haas Visiting Scholars, Postdocs and PhD students, who are investigating phenomena related to the management and processes of product, services, and business model innovation. The seminar presents conceptual as well as empirical (both qualitative and quantitative) work to advance our understanding of how firms innovate. While the seminar focuses particularly on open and collaborative innovation, it welcomes all research combining aspects from corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, new product development, and related fields.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Sohvi Heaton


Title of Talk: Open Innovation with Chinese Characteristics: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective
Date & Time: January 27, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N570 Chou Hall


Sohvi Heaton received her Ph.D. in management studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on poverty reduction for low-income countries and private sector development. Recently, she was also a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she was previously a postdoctoral scholar. Her research on strategic management includes work on such intangibles as dynamic capabilities, intellectual capital and corporate reputation, and on university entrepreneurship.

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She has received the Best Reviewer Award, Best Symposium Awards from the Academy of Management, and various research grants from Oxford University, the Tokyo Foundation, and the Said Foundation. She is also a recipient of the 2006 Youth Innovation Fund, an internal competition among staff at the World Bank to recognize and fund the most innovative projects. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in management journals including California Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Organization, Global Strategy Journal, and Business & Society and from such publishers as Oxford University Press.

Asta Pundziene


Title Talk: Why Some OI Initiatives Fail? Spanning Intra-Organizational Boundaries or Inside-In Open Innovations
Date & Time:
February 3, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N570 Chou Hall


Asta Pundziene is a full professor in Strategic management and organisational psychology in the School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. She has more than 15 years of experience in executive management of research and innovation at Universities. She is a Founding Editor of the Baltic Journal of Management. Her current research is related with dynamic capabilities and competitiveness of the digital health programs as well as manifestation of dynamic capabilities of the technological SMEs across countries.

David J. Teece


Title Talk: Dynamic Capabilities and Open Innovation
Date & Time:
February 10, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N570 Chou Hall


David J. Teece is an economist and an authority on matters of industrial organization, technological change, and innovation, particularly as it relates to antitrust and competition policy and intellectual property. He is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business and Director of the Tusher Center on Intellectual Capital at Berkeley Haas, and a member of the board of overseers for the faculty of arts and sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Teece has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University and Oxford University. He has received eight honorary doctorates.

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Teece has over 30 years of experience as an active consultant performing economic, business, and financial consulting services to businesses and governments around the world. He has worked on matters in industries ranging from music recording to DRAMS, software, lumber, and petroleum, and has testified in both federal and state court, before Congress, and before the Federal Trade Commission, as well as in several international jurisdictions.


He is the author of more than 200 books and articles, and is the Co-editor of Industrial & Corporate Change (Oxford University Press). According to Science Watch (November/December 2005), he is the lead author on the most cited article in economics and business worldwide from 1995 to 2005. He is also one of the Top 10 cited scholars for the last decade and has been recognized by Accenture as one of the world’s top-50 business intellectuals. Teece is Chairman and Principal Executive Officer of Berkeley Research Group and was chairman and co-founder of LECG from 1988-2007 and vice-chairman from 2007 to 2009.

Johnathan Cromwell


Title Talk: The Social Process of Developing a Social Robot: A Model of Dynamic Problem Solving in Groups for Breakthrough Innovation

Date & Time: February 24, 2020 | 11AM – 1:30PM

Location: N470 Chou Hall


Assistant Professor Johnathan Cromwell’s research focuses on how people collaborate with each other as they define, solve, and change problems while working on creativity and innovation projects in organizations. This work helps advance a nascent theoretical framework called “dynamic problem solving,” which aims to explain when, why, and how people can fluidly shift between different models of problem solving as they work within various constraints in organizations.

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Cromwell’s teaching focuses on helping students learn how to understand and apply multiple perspectives during problem solving so that they can become a bridge between organizational silos in their future careers. To this end, Cromwell teaches an exciting new course called Product Engineering, which aims to give non-technical students a better understanding of how engineers think, solve problems, and view the world around them. He also teaches a course on Creativity, Innovation, and Applied Design, in which students learn the theory and application of various models of problem solving.

Martin Potančok


Title Talk: Using Open Data and Google Search Data for Competitive and Business Intelligence Analysis
Date & Time:
March 2, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N470 Chou Hall


Martin is on the Faculty of Information and Statistics at the University of Economics in Prague.

Qinli Lu


Title Talk: Business Model Innovation in China: From New Elements to Architectural Innovation
Date & Time:
March 9, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N470 Chou Hall


Qinli is a PhD student in the chair of Corporate Strategy & Innovation (CSI) at EPFL since September, 2018. Her research is about business model innovation, innovation management in China.

Prior to that, Qinli did some research projects in the fields of environmental economics and climate change.

Sameer Srivastava


Title Talk: Discursive Atypicality and Prescience: Predicting Firm Outcomes Based on the Language Used in Corporate Earnings Calls
Date & Time:
March 9, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N470 Chou Hall


Sameer B. Srivastava is the Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at Berkeley Haas. He is also affiliated with UC Berkeley Sociology. Srivastava has also served as a partner at the global management consultancy Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He holds AB, AM, MBA, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

Wim Vanhaverbeke


Title Talk: Ecosystem and Open Innovation
Date & Time:
March 16, 2020 | 11AM – 1PM
Location: N470 Chou Hall


Wim Vanhaverbeke is Professor Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Surrey Business School (UK) and is visiting professor at ESADE Business School and till recently also at the National University of Singapore. He published in different international journals such as Organization Science, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, California Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Technovation, etc. He was co-editor with Henry Chesbrough and Joel West of “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm” (OUP, 2006) and “New frontiers in open innovation” (OUP, 2014). He published a management book “Managing open innovation in SMEs”  (CUP – 2017) and an academic volume “Researching open innovation in SMEs” (World Scientific Press – 2018). 

Fall 2019 Schedule
Date Time Location Speaker Title of Talk
August 19
10am – 12pm N270 Chou Hall Henry Chesbrough Introduction to the OIS 2019/2020 Fall
August 26
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Henry Chesbrough & Fanny Zhuoxuan Li

Open Innovation Results; 

Competitive Strategies of Open Innovations

September 9
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Francesca Lazzeri & David Zakoth

The Ethics in AI;

Open Innovation in Makerspaces: The maker journey from idea creation to commercialization

September 16
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Ruihan Zhang & Dieudonnee Cobben

Dynamic Capabilities and Business Model Innovation;

In Search of Useful Concepts: The Current State of Scholarship on Ecosystems

September 23
11am – 1:30pm N470 Chou Hall Tom Gu Comparative Study of Agricultural Bank of China and Ant Financial in Digitalization Application
September 30
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Mike Kelley Why IBM Paid $34B for an Open Source Company With No IP
October 7
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Chuck Ng Open innovation in blockchain ecosystems and international collaborations in open innovation
October 14
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Asta Pundziene Mediating Role of Open Innovation in the Relationship of Dynamic Capabilities and Firm Performance
October 21
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Solomon Darwin Open Innovation in Smart Villages
October 28
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Cancelled Cancelled
November 4
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Thomas Cox Blockchain Governance and Open Innovation
November 18
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen Opening for Innovation – Learnings From Inside and at the Organizational “Boundaries” of a Public Hospital
November 25
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Johnathan Cromwell What’s a Social Robot to do?
December 2
12pm – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Amy Chou AI will change the world. Who will change AI?
December 9
11am – 1pm N470 Chou Hall Yi (Louis) Liu Transnational Open Innovation and its Influence on the World Economy