February 7, 2014


One Size Does Not Fit All: The Challenges of and Capabilities Needed for Sustainable Innovation


1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


Modern innovation theory suffers from a reliance on generalizability across markets, technologies, and historical moments. Professor Hargadon describes this problem and its implications for theories of innovation as well as for organizational strategies and public policies intended to foster sustainable innovations.

Biographical Sketch

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. Hargadon’s research focuses on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. As the founding director of two key centers at the University of California, Davis—the Mike & Renee Child Family Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center— Prof. Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research, and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship. The two programs are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering, and business. He received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers. Prof. Hargadon received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University’s School of Engineering, and 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.

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