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Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape [Hardcover]

by Henry Chesbrough
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December 6, 2006 1422104273 978-1422104279 1
In his landmark book Open Innovation, Henry Chesbrough demonstrated that because useful knowledge is no longer concentrated in a few large organizations, business leaders must adopt a new, “open” model of innovation. Using this model, companies look outside their boundaries for ideas and intellectual property (IP) they can bring in, as well as license their unutilized home-grown IP to other organizations.

In Open Business Models, Chesbrough takes readers to the next step—explaining how to make money in an open innovation landscape. He provides a diagnostic instrument enabling you to assess your company’s current business model, and explains how to overcome common barriers to creating a more open model. He also offers compelling examples of companies that have developed such models—including Procter & Gamble, IBM, and Air Products.

In addition, Chesbrough introduces a new set of players—“innovation intermediaries”—who facilitate companies’ access to external technologies. He explores the impact of stronger IP protection on intermediate markets for innovation, and profiles firms (such as Intellectual Ventures and Qualcomm) that center their business model on innovation and IP.

This vital resource provides a much-needed road map to connect innovation with IP management, so companies can create and capture value from ideas and technologies—wherever in the world they are found.

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Editorial Reviews


"Chesbrough is not the first academic to grasp the superior economic value of intellectual over tangible property in today's economy. But he may be the one who has thought most deeply about its consequences for business." -- The Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2006

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Hank Chesbrough's writings on open innovation are some of the most important, insightful ideas about innovation and creating new growth that have ever been written. This book is another crucial cornerstone in this body of understanding, explaining how executives can operate successfully in the new, open innovation landscape. I strongly recommend it for anyone concerned with innovation and growth.

--Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School, author, The Innovator’s Dilemma

To develop and sustain business excellence, a company must continuously innovate in the very way it creates business value in the marketplace—its business model. To create the most value, the business model must become more open. Open Business Models shows how to create a more open business model, explains the barriers that may arise, and describes how to overcome them.

-- Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Vice President of Technical Strategy and Innovation, IBM

Innovation in the business model is one of the most profound ways to differentiate a business and turn the tables on competition. In Open Business Models, Henry Chesbrough rethinks the traditional approach to business from the ground up. This book should be read by anybody who wants to understand how to innovate in the 21st century global economy.

--Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422104273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422104279
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This book is misnamed. Rather than being about open business models, the book's topic is about how to open business models to benefit from access to more technological innovation and strengthen your competitive posture through intellectual property.

As a result, Professor Chesbrough creates a misapprehension that successful open business models are almost always linked to technological innovation as their main purpose and benefit. My own research (with Carol Coles in The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Secrets of Continuously Developing a More Profitable Business Model) indicates just the opposite point: Technological innovation is rarely the most effective way to open up your business model to create improvements.

So, this book's value is mostly to those who work in achieving or creating more benefits from technology innovation. If that is your interest, you've come to the right book. If that's not your interest, skip this book.

Why do those involved in achieving or creating more benefits from technology innovation need to open their business models? Professor Chesbrough points to several influences:

1. Technological innovation is coming from more sources than ever before. As a result, you will be developing inferior technology without accessing the best of what the world has to offer.

2. Most intellectual property isn't used for any practical purpose. That's a waste of social and company resources.

3. The protections for intellectual property are stronger now, and your pathway to progress will be blocked without collaborating with those who have complementary IP.

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What is an open business model? In Chapter 1, here's Henry Chesbrough's response to that question: "A business model performs two important functions: it creates value and it captures a portion of that value. It creates value by defining a series of activities from raw materials through to the final consumer that will yield a new product or service with value being added throughout the various activities. The business model captures value by by establishing a unique resource, asset, or position within that series of activities, where the firm enjoys a competitive advantage."

Having thus established a frame-of-reference, Chesbrough continues: "An open business model uses this new division of innovation labor - both in the creation of value and in the capture of a portion of that value. Open models create value by leveraging many more ideas, due to their inclusion of a variety of external concepts. Open models can also enable greater value capture, by using a key asset, resource, or position not only in the company's own business model but also in other companies businesses."

These two brief excerpts are provided because Chesbrough`s definitions of various terms are far clearer and more authoritative than mine could possibly be. Also, these excepts address the "what" so that in the balance of this brilliant book, Chesbrough can then focus almost entirely on the "why" and "how" concerning the design, implementation, modification, and performance measurement of open business models.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair June 21, 2007
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This is another pretty good book from the author. As in his earlier book, he starts with the motivation for open innovation, which is an old idea but that is not well practiced. In this new book he addresses many of the shorcomings of the first book, such as getting real value out of the partnerships that can be formed while overcoming internal issues, such as NIH. He then talks about different ways companies go about this. What drives you crazy is that he seems unaware that companies have been doing this forever. In the consumer electronics industry, for example, open innovation is mostly the model. Companies like GE, TI, and RCA were examples. In the case of GE and RCA they go back almost 100 years.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Read for Some February 9, 2008
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To put my response in context, I work with startup companies every day so I'm continually exposed to the importance of IP and business models and markets and markets and suppliers and distributors... many of the elements that that turn a cool idea or a cool technology into a profitable product.

From that perspective, both this book and Open Business Models are a disappointment. As I would suggest that you only read one (and in most cases the latter), I'll briefly review both here.

Open Innovation is supposed to bring attention to changing industry landscape. In this regard, it does a decent job to point out the trends in innovation and partnerships that are likely to drive companies forward. If you've missed out on IBM's reinvention of itself and are finding increasing pressures on your business, Open Innovation might give you some insight. Unfortunately, the content seems to border on obvious and, since it's thoroughly revisited in the latter book, it doesn't really make sense to read Open Innovation.

Marginally better, Open Business Models offers some simple frameworks or ideas about how to classify companies (based on their embracing of innovation and open innovation) and how companies move from one to another. While offering few or no "aha" moments, Open Business Models paints a decent roadmap of the transition, identifying pitfalls and opportunities. If you were responsible for this process in your company, it could help you understand where you are and how to get where you need to be.

If you're just looking for an insightful read and have any passing knowledge of open business models, I wouldn't bother with either. If you're responsible for this process in your company, try Open Business Models as it could be rewarding. Unless you're devouring everything you can find on the "open innovation" subject, I wouldn't really bother with Open Innovation.
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