Andrew B. Hargadon, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Technology Management
  • Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management
  • Director, Energy Efficiency Center
  • The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Development and commercialization of sustainable technologies


Andrew Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation.

He is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press 2003). His research focuses on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. He has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation and has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.

His research has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs in organizations as diverse as Hewlett-Packard, Avery Dennison, Clorox,, Mars, Canadian Health Services, and Silicon Valley start-ups.

He teaches corporate executive programs and serves on the advisory boards for Physic Ventures and American River Ventures.

As the founding director of two key centers at the University of California, Davis—the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center— he is at the forefront of teaching, research, and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship. The centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering, and business and they provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world.

He received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.

He founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management in 2006. The center’s programs are designed for science and engineering graduate researchers and faculty and include four one-week entrepreneurship academies as well as a year-long fellows program. The academies provide a framework for universities to build a network between their research and the investment community and combine a comprehensive and pioneering curriculum developed by him with hands-on exercises that participants use to develop business opportunities and investigate the potential opportunities for commercialization around their research. The curriculum is taught by university faculty and practicing professionals: venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, intellectual property lawyers, and others.

He also launched the nation’s first university-based Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis in 2006 and served as the founding director. As Director, he built relationships with the three largest independently-owned utility companies (PG&E, Sempra, and Edison International), the California Public Utility Commission and the California Energy Commission, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the market, and major customers like WalMart and Chevron Energy Solutions. The EEC works with faculty researchers to identify and develop the commercial potential of their research as well as prepares graduate students in engineering, science, and business to build successful businesses advancing technologies in energy efficiency, including buildings, transportation, and agriculture and food processing.

He received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Stanford University’s Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Prior to his academic appointment, he worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

2012 AlwaysOn Power Players in Greentech: The University Players

2010 Charles M. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

2005 Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis

2006 Vanguard Award for the Energy Efficiency Center, Comstock’s Magazine

Professors of Manufacturing Fellow, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.

Boeing Fellow, Future Professors of Manufacturing, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.

MGT 251 Management of Innovation

This course focuses on the management of technology-based innovation. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs, incremental and transformative innovations, and the life-cycle of products. The course will examine the organization of highly innovative firms, and the relationship of core competencies to both innovation and rigidity. Cases and field studies are used to address the relationship of innovation to management practices such as leadership, competitive strategic planning and teamwork. Students perform an innovation audit of an area firm.

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