CANCELED: RESCHEDULED DATE TBD A New Era of Open Innovation — Henry Chesbrough and Tolga Kurtoglu


Date Thursday April 5th 2018
Time 5:00-6:30pm (5:00-6:00 presentation and Q&A, followed by networking until 6:30)
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC

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Today, more than ever before, a sole approach to R&D has become obsolete. The collision of cyber plus the physical worlds is demanding innovation across a myriad of advanced technologies, from AI to sensors to data analytics. Ideas must stay agile, and organizations need to understand how to see around difficult corners and look out ahead of their competitors, which often requires a visionary understanding that only a broader set of multidisciplinary partners have access to. Innovation that embraces broad market ideas and experience can be applied across many advanced technology deployments that create value and disrupt markets.

Innovators must integrate multidisciplinary, and often diverse ideas, expertise, and skills with partners to deliver results to customers. Companies that can harness a myriad of ideas to advance their own businesses while leveraging their internal ideas outside current operations will thrive through the implementation of open innovation.


Dr. Henry Chesbrough is a professor at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, and executive director for The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. He created the theory and coined the term "open innovation" and his insights into open innovation models have restructured the world of research and development and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy. An internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Chesbrough's open innovation concept was first introduced in his award-winning book, “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology” (Harvard Business Press, 2003). This approach was further extended from technology innovation to business model innovation in his successful follow-up book, “Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape” (Harvard Business Press, 2006). His most recent work, "Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era” (Jossey-Bass, January 2011), which applies the open innovation concept to the services sector.  He holds two honorary doctorate degrees, and received the IRI Medal of Achievement in May of 2017.  Dr. Chesbrough recently launched and actively contributes to, a portal where innovators meet for the latest news, research, discussions and applications of open innovation. Follow him at @HenryChesbrough.

Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, which is in "the business of breakthroughs.” Practicing open innovation since being incorporated in 2002, PARC provides custom R&D services, technology, specialized expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Xerox’s business groups, Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government. Dr. Kurtoglu oversees PARC’s R&D investments for Xerox and its innovation portfolio for commercial clients and government agencies in a diverse set of focus areas and competencies including human-centered innovation services, intelligent agents and systems, clean energy, smart packaging, machine learning and analytics, security and privacy, printed electronics and digital manufacturing.

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