July 2008, a subset of the blog postings have
been redistributed by the
Seeking Alpha website.
These are my blogs (in the order of their 2011 activity):
IT Strategies (January 2007-present): originally focused on open-ness
IT strategy — which
of course also means covering proprietary strategies — but today
also looks frequently at creating successful business
models despite increasing pressures for commoditization.
It also considers more broadly issues of strategy, economic policy and
accountability in public and private institutions. A summary of the first
thousand articles was
published in October 2009.
Business (August 2008-present): includes my observations (particularly
from a Silicon Valley perspective) about the economics of clean technologies,
with a particular focus on renewable energy (especially solar and biofuels),
energy efficiency and electric transportation.
- Open Innovation (May
2007-present): an adjunct to the OpenInnovation.net website,
this is intended to be the definitive blog for research on open innovation;
I also sometimes comment on articles on the practice of open innovation.
This blog is part of the new Open
Innovation Community, co-founded with Henry Chesbrough, that was launched
in November 2010.
- Bio Business (April
2011-present): ties to my newest employer, with its focus on the biotech
and pharmaceutical industries.
Entrepreneurship (April 2008-present): ties to my research
(and teaching) interest: how ideas in engineering
and science are transformed
new startup companies. This considers how this process is taught in
universities, research on the practice by academics, as well as observations
technical entrepreneurs are doing
Diego Telecom Industry (March
2007-present): news and commentary about the San Diego telecommunications
industry (including Qualcomm and
its CDMA technology),
as a byproduct of my research for a planned
book on the industry.
I’m a (full) Professor,
Innovation & Entrepreneurship at KGI, the
Keck Graduate Institute of
Applied Life Sciences, one of the seven Claremont
Colleges in Southern California. Our mission is to provide an interdiscplinary
professional education (in both science and business) for students entering
biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other life science industries.
I joined KGI from the San José State
of Business in Silicon Valley, where I was an associate professor and
professor from 2002-2011.
Before that, I
spent the 1980s and 1990s as a third-party software developer (ISV) for two proprietary platforms. First, it was as a software engineer designing simulation software for the DEC’s VAX/VMS machines (1979-1986), and then later as the co-founder and president of an ISV for the Apple Macintosh. During this period, I also worked as a political reporter and computer trade magazine columnist.
Since I started down the academic path in 1994, I’ve been a researcher on
how firms use “open”-ness as a competitive strategy in three major
this has included work on Japanese PC standards, cell phone standards,
a re-examination of Apple’s cloning strategy, and a comprehensive analysis
of the economics of “open” standards.
- Open Source (2000-present) as one of the leading academic researchers on how firms use open source software as a competitive business strategy.
- Open Innovation (2004-present), notably as the co-editor and co-author of Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, a collection of research on open innovation published in 2006 by Oxford University Press.
A fourth major research interest has been Technical
Entrepreneurship, specifically the creation of
startup companies in technology (especially engineering) based fields.
Since 2002, I’ve also worked as a strategy
consultant for high-tech companies, usually developing or refining business
models related to open standards, open source and open innovation.
My full resumé and a
capsule biography can be found online. My e-mail address