[Joel West]
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About Joel West 

Dr. Joel West is Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Keck Graduate Institute, one of the seven Claremont Colleges. His research, teaching, and industry experience focus on the innovation-driven industries that enabled a wide range of new and existing firms.


His research focuses on the effect of technological change on industry structure over time. Four major areas of interest are

His research has been published in Asian Survey, Information Systems Research, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, R&D Management, Research Policy, Telecommunications Policy and The Information Society, among other journals. He has won best paper awards for tracks of the Academy of Management and HICSS conferences, and has been active in service to the research community. He is the editor (with Henry Chesbrough and Wim Vanhaverbeke) of Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, published by Oxford University Press.

Academic and Professional Experience

He joined the Keck Graduate Institute in July 2011. At KGI he is involved in the Team Masters Program, the business focus track, strategic planning initiatives and teaches courses on innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Before joining KGI, he spent nine years as an associate professor and then professor at San José State University in its College of Business and Lucas Graduate School of Business. There he co-founded the Silicon Valley Experience graduate curriculum, the honors program in the Department of Organization and Management, the SJSU Solar Workforce Project and the Silicon Valley Open Source Project.

He also taught at UC Irvine, Pepperdine University, and Temple University Japan, and has served on Ph.D. committees in the U.S., Canada and Finland. He earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of California, Irvine.

Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. West had more than 20 years’ experience as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur in the computer industry. He has also worked as a reporter, photographer, author and consultant. He received his S.B. degree from M.I.T. His hobbies include water sports, photography and music. He and his family live in Oceanside.

Last Updated May 1, 2012