Henry Chesbrough is the winner of the 2022 Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award for his significant, long-term contributions to management through his original research on open innovation and continual work in bridging the gap between management scholars and practitioners. On winning the award, Henry says:
“I am transitioning towards retirement now, and receiving this award comes at a wonderful time, when I am starting to reflect on my work and my career. Don't worry, I don't plan to stop, but I might slow down a bit. I sincerely value the award itself, and the focus it brings to those who bridge both theory and practice.”
Henry’s career has had considerable impact in the world of management, most notably with his book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. The book was published in 2003 and introduced the practice of “open innovation” to the world, which urges firms to look outside themselves for knowledge, and license and share their own innovations as well.
Henry cites that on top of all his achievements in the academic and practitioner world, the most meaningful contributions he makes come from hosting visiting scholars and post-doctoral students and writing papers with them. He says he has been privileged to co-author with dozens of young scholars, and that is the best long-term investment he can make. As for his broader impact in the world of management, he says:
“I first published my book titled Open Innovation almost 20 years ago. I have had considerable time to observe what impact, if any, this work has had. Fortunately for me, the impact has been substantial within academia, and has made some impact in the management field more generally. I've received over 100,000 citations on Google Scholar, and there are more than 600,000 people on LinkedIn who have open innovation somewhere in their profile.”
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