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  • Garwood Innovation Fellows Explore Fresh Ideas

    Gunso KimAt home in South Korea, Gunso Kim is secretary general of the World eGovernment Organization of Cities and Local Governments. At Berkeley, he has been named as one of five Innovation Fellows appointed by the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation. The Garwood Innovation Fellow/Distinguished Executive-In-Residence Program reflects the open innovation idea that organizations should look externally, as well as internally, to optimize innovation. Read more.

  • Peet’s gets a Shot of Creativity from Berkeley MBAs

    Peets Coffee & TeaThe Haas@Work Program dispatches project teams of MBA students to help inject fresh thinking into client companies. For Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the project goal was to help find new ways of engaging Millennials. Students began with insight generation, identifying Peet’s core competencies and its customers’ core values, before moving on to idea generation. The team worked with Peet’s management to select the top three ideas. Next, they designed and ran micro-experiments to validate their key assumptions. Students then transformed their insights into concrete recommendations. Read more.

  • Tusher Center to hold Inaugural Conference

    David KapposOn July 14, the Tusher Center for Management of Intellectual Capital is holding an inaugural conference on the topic: Intellectual Property Issues in a Global Context: Management & Policy Concerns. Keynote speakers are David Kappos (pictured), former Director of the US Patent and Tradement Office, and Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the USPTO. Read more.

  • Announcing the Winners of the LAUNCH Finals

    LAUNCHAnnouncing the 2015 Finals Winners of
    LAUNCH: the UC Berkeley Startup Competition
    Grand Prize: Transcense
    Runner-up: xendit
    Faculty Choice: DeviceFarm
    Audience Choice: Optucourse
    Read more about the Winners

  • The Rise of Big Data at Haas

    Prof. La BlancProf. Greg La Blanc is introducing a new course, Data Science/Data Strategy, centered on data science techniques, corporate data strategies and business models built around data. The class is already full, with 60 full-time and 60 part-time MBA students enrolled. La Blanc has worked with Haas Data Science Club members to organize a speaker series featuring industry practitioners.
    Read more. See the lecture series page.

  • Institute Faculty Featured in California Management Review

    CMRResearch from three Institute faculty is featured in the latest issue of Berkeley-Haas’ quarterly management journal. The issue includes contributions from Adjunct Prof. Henry Chesbrough (engaging with startups), Lester Center faculty director Prof. Toby Stuart (3D robotics), and Jerome Engel, senior fellow at the Lester Center (clusters of innovation). Read More. See articles on JSTOR.

  • Undergrads Design Frameworks for Smarter Cities

    Solomon Darwin19 undergrads in the Smart Cities course taught by Solomon Darwin, executive director of the Garwood Center, are working with four of India’s developing cities and with Bay Area mayors on the smart cities concept: using digital technology and public/private partnerships to reduce costs and resource consumption, improve quality of life, and enhance engagement with residents.  Read more.  Visit the course website.

  • Can Corporations Be Taught to Innovate Like Startups?

    HypershiftIn their new book, Hypershift, Lester Center executive director Andre Marquis and Senior Fellow Manav Subodh share how big companies can tap the innovation secrets of Berkeley-Haas startups to enter new markets, establish brand leadership, and unlock value. Read more.

  • Applied Innovation and Design Kicks Off at Berkeley

    Sara BeckmanAt the inaugural conference of the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design, founded by Sara Beckman (pictured) and Dave Rochlin, EWMBA students applied skills learned in the core Problem Finding, Problem Solving course to develop solutions for PayPal and other companies. “I was impressed by all of the student teams’ ability to apply design thinking” said Hisham Ibrahim, director of product innovation at PayPal. “They brought customer empathy to the problem, re-framed it, and rapidly iterated potential solutions.” Read more.

  • Berkeley Founders Get Funded

    Entrepreneurs with UC-Berkeley undergraduate degrees founded 284 companies that received $2.4 billion in VC financing from 2009 through August, 2014, according to PitchBook. UCB’s ranking was second only to Stanford and above that of MIT or Harvard. Read more.

  • Open Innovation an Ingredient in Chez Panisse’s Success

    Henry ChesbroughA case study in California Management Review found that Alice Waters’ success was built upon open innovation, where a community of collaborators – employees, suppliers, customers, and even competitors – benefit from sharing ideas and building relationships with external teams. The study was authored by Henry Chesbrough and Sohyeoung Kim of the Center for Corporate Innovation and Alice Agogino from Mechanical Engineering. Read more.

  • Undergrads Innovate with Watson Supercomputer

    IBM WatsonA Berkeley team of 3 Haas and 3 engineering students are heading to IBM Watson’s headquarters in New York City on January 9 to test the mettle of a new patent application it developed in the Center for Innovation’s “Leveraging IBM Watson” course. The team will vie against nine other teams in the national competition for a prize of $100,000. Read more.