Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management
Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor Andrew B. Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.
Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and is founding director of two key centers at UC Davis—the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center. These centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering and business. They provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world.
Hargadon received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.
Prior to his academic appointment, Hargadon worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.
A senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Hargadon is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2003).
His most recent book is Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World (Stanford University Press, 2015).
Hargadon received his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in engineering from Stanford University’s Product Design Program.
- AlwaysOn 2012 Power Players in Greentech: The University Players.
- Charles M. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2010-present.
- Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, 2009.
- Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis, 2005-present.
- Vanguard Award for the Energy Efficiency Center, Comstock’s Magazine, 2006.
- Professors of Manufacturing Fellow, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.
- Boeing Fellow, Future Professors of Manufacturing, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.
Innovation is a team sport. Although creativity is a characteristic that is often used to describe individuals, the idea of the lone genius is a myth. Even famous inventors such as Thomas Edison where in reality representing the “work of many men.” Francis Jehl, a longtime assistant of Thomas Edison , used this phrase to describe the group of engineers who worked with Edison at his Menlo Park lab.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management in association with EduMind, a world leader in online learning solutions, is pl
“Backing an innovation isn’t a single decision. It’s a web of choices and actions to which everyone in the company must commit,” says Professor Andrew Hargadon, in this thought-provoking article. Hargadon is the founder and faculty director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World
Stanford University Press, June 2015
If we can carry in our pockets more computing power than the Apollo program needed to put a man on the moon, why can’t we solve problems like climate change, famine, or poverty? The answer lies, in part, in the distinctive challenges of creating innovations that address today’s pressing environmental and social problems.
Most of the opportunities and threats driving sustainability will come in large, mature markets like energy, transportation, agriculture and construction, writes Professor Andrew Hargadon in this excerpt from his new book Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to Drive Technologies from Lab to Market
(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Professor Andrew Hargadon dispels the myth of the lone inventor: “Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and now their modern counterparts were able to create one breakthrough after another because they built innovation strategies around recombining existing technologies rather than inventing new ones.” In this innovation-as-building-block view of the world, building blocks don’t ever get used up.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon is cited in a column about the Direxion iBillionaire Index that tracks an index made of 30 large-cap stocks that appear to be the favorites of people like Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn, David Einhorn and George Soros.
Story about the UC Davis Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, which connects students, researchers and faculty with industry representatives and investors. UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon is quoted in the story about the academy, which is organized by the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Research from UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon is cited in a story about a study that examined two common types of generalized reciprocity: paying it forward and rewarding reputation.
Cathie Anderson’s column includes items about Barobo Inc. founder Graham Ryland and Davis Roots. Ryland graduated from the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s UC Entrepreneurship Academy. Barobo was one of the first startups to graduate from Davis Roots, a nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and UC Davis. UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon helped found Davis Roots, which is incubating its third class of entrepreneurs.
Story about Davis Roots, a nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and UC Davis, incubating its third class of entrepreneurs. UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon helped found Davis Roots.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professors Kimberly Elsbach and Andrew Hargadon have suggested that people find ways to balance workday activities with a mix of “mindful” (cognitively demanding) and “mindless” (cognitively facile) activities. Giving the mind a rest from high-stakes responsibilities and strategically doing simple (but necessary) administrative or hands-on tasks give us freedom to take control of our schedules and maintain momentum with less cognitive strain.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon is quoted in a story about the innovation process.
Story about Davis Roots offering a hands-on introductory programming classes. Davis Roots, a nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and UC Davis, was founded by UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon.
Ideas alone are good but not good enough – it takes collaboration to make things happen. That theme was heard throughout UC Global Health Day 2014, including in the morning plenary that included UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon, who explored the discovery of penicillin, why this lifesaving antibiotic took so long to get to market, and what steps must be taken to advance the pace of global health innovation.
Andrew Hargadon, a professor of management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, presented at the annual UC Global Health Day in which he emphasized the need to take action.
Andrew Hargadon, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, is one of the speakers at a forum discussing the role universities can play in economic development. The forum is an outgrowth of a book called “Public Universities and Regional Growth,” which focuses on six University of California campuses.
Profile of Andrew Hargadon, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and faculty director of the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon writes a column about climate change.
People often think entrepreneurship is a one-idea, one-shot game: you have a great idea and you pursue it until it makes you rich or makes you run back home. That’s a shame because it keeps people from exploring entrepreneurship as a career. It’s like thinking the only career in music is to be frontman in a rock band. In truth, most entrepreneurs take part in multiple startups before launching their own, and they play many different roles besides the star.
Faculty director Andrew Hargadon talks about the benefits of the entrepreneurship academies and moving research out of the labs.
More than 700 people are expected to attend the combined CleanStart and AgStart Showcase on Oct. 16 at the McClellan Conference Center.
Put on by the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, the daylong showcase will feature speakers, presentations by promising companies and discussions about growing businesses.
University of California Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon will give a presentation on entrepreneurship.
For years, the University of California, Davis, has turned out a steady stream of young entrepreneurs, many of whom take their talents, and their ventures, to the startup-rich Bay Area. Anthony Costello and Professor Andrew Hargadon, two business experts with deep Davis ties, want to see more of those fledgling enterprises stay nearer to the nest.
Something quietly happened this summer amid all the hoopla surrounding Tesla’s soaring stock price and Elon Musk’s next visions that puts both the panacea hypothesis in stark relief and our efforts to promote sustainable innovation in context, according to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon in his series for Capital Public Radio.
For much of the past decade, venture capitalists showered dollars upon clean-technology startups with promising-sounding ideas in areas like solar, electric cars and biofuels.
That era appears to have ended. Professor Hargadon comments on clean tech and the funding shift.
“When you map out what makes venture capital work, and you map out what the clean-tech sector is like, it doesn’t fit very well. Companies take a long time to grow. Customers don’t turn over (to new energy products) that fast,”
- Professor Andrew Hargadon.
Story about Davis Roots, a nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and UC Davis. UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon helped found Davis Roots.
The bigger challenge with innovation is not coming up with new ideas, but rather putting yourself in the right position to see what’s already out there and bring it together in a way that works for you, according to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon as part of his series for Capital Public Radio.
Sacramento’s high-tech community scored a rare hit Friday – one of its own went public.
Professor Andrew Hargadon
Co-Authors: Cross, R., S. Parise
Professor Andrew Hargadon
Baked into most stories of technology revolutions is the misconception that new technologies disrupt older ones because of some distinctive advantage. Sometimes it’s just the opposite, according to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon as part his series for Capital Public Radio.
Sometimes innovation requires constraints, according to UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon in his series for Capital Public Radio.
Davis Roots, co-founded by Professor Andrew Hargadon, is fertile soil for growing start-ups in Davis as an incubator for technology spun out from UC Davis.
New, radical, disruptive ideas are the foundation of innovation—at least that’s the common assumption. But what if that’s wrong? If it’s not the new ideas, what distinguishes those individuals and companies that change the world from those that don’t? Looking at the most radical and disruptive idea in modern medicine—the advent of penicillin—Hargadon offers another perspective on what makes innovation work, and what we can do about it.
Innovation is about making the possible desirable and the desirable possible. But which direction innovation takes depends in large part on how we express those desires.
I wrote earlier about the market for lemons, in which information asymmetry prevents the emergence of market alternatives to Genetically Modified Organism-based foods.
“The SacBee today has a nice description of MicroMidas, UCD and Child Family Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship alum: Micromidas plans to turn cardboard into oil substitute.”
“A recent Kauffman report offers new and valuable insights into where venture-driven growth comes from. Literally. Not from what attributes of social media founders or which San Francisco coffee shops, but rather which sectors of the economy and which regions of the country. The findings are surprising and important for entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business, and policymakers thinking of helping them.”
“I’m not a big fan of ideas. Sure, ideas are great — some of my best friends are ideas. But managers tend to let our national obsession about having new ideas distract them from the hard work of building good products and successful ventures around what are almost always old ideas. So it was fun to see the great design OXO have at a competitor who claimed to ‘own’ an idea that both had built products around.”
“Submitted for your consideration: the Nightingale Ratio as the number of people helping others do something to the number of people actually doing that thing. In this case, the number of people helping entrepreneurs start something relative to the number of entrepreneurs actually starting something.”
“I wrote yesterday on the race to the bottom — how corporations play states, and even cities, off one another in pursuit of the most lucrative benefits. At the same time, they complain about the burdensome taxes and regulations of California. But, as my colleague Martin Kenney so nicely notes in a recent column, California seems to be holding its own in spite of playing hard to get.”
$1 Million Grant to Help Develop Sustainable Agricultural Businesses, Provide Innovative Technologies
UC Davis is one of six recipients nationwide, and the only one in California, to receive a $1 million award in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s 2012 i6 Challenge Grant competition.
The university has used the grant to establish the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center.
Green Power Sources, Baby Products and Cancer Treatment Win at Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
Bay Area MBA–Led Team Takes First in Medical Technology Track
By Karen Nikos
The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition came from the S2E Energy founder with a thin, transparent material designed to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites took home $10,000 at the May 25 finals of the 12th annual competition, which is organized and run by UC Davis MBA students.
Second prize of $4,500 went to the creator of Happy Baby Vending machines, for on-the-go access to diapers, organic snacks and other baby products.
Many of us lament the dramatic contrast between our vacations and the faster pace of our work lives, but are generally remiss to change because of feelings of career vulnerability or weakness that we fear it could project. However it is increasingly clear that our personal and professional lives stand to benefit from change that eases these mounting pressures and strains. It is time to embrace “slow work.”
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Professor of Technology Management / Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship / Founder and Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Founding Director, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
UC Davis MBA students experience firsthand what it takes for an idea to become a product in the market. They emerge having actually built businesses from the ground up, and developed close and lasting relationships with faculty, their peers and the entrepreneurial community both on and off the campus.
Business Accelerator Davis Roots Opens with Two Start-ups
Historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion Home for Early Stage Ventures
Davis Roots, a new nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and the University of California, Davis, officially opened at the historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion on April 30. The enterprise was built to support start-ups with the goal of keeping them in Davis once they succeed, and already has two new companies ready to move in.