Andrew Hargadon

Associate Professor and Director of Technology Management, UC-Davis

Andrew Hargadon is an Associate Professor and Director of Technology Management programs at the UC-Davis Graduate School of Management. He's also the best-selling author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate, a counter-intuitive corrective to the ‘lone-genius' myth of technological innovation.

"I'm delighted to join the BIF Council because I share some core values with the program," says Hargadon. "First, I believe nothing beats testing ideas in the real world—and anything that enables such testing benefits all of us. Second, it has become clear in my work with entrepreneurs in sustainable technologies that solving today's most pressing problems requires unprecedented collaborations between public and private sectors. Finally, innovation only happens through networks and the Business Innovation Factory not only understands this, it is leading the way."

"Andy knows how to organize for innovation," says BIF Chief Catalyst Saul Kaplan. "He's a design-thinker who understands the value of moving between various disciplines and industries to draw out inspiration, creativity and new possibilities. His experience and research into network dynamics and what it takes to build the capability for continuous innovation, will be a tremendous benefit to the BIF community."

Prior to his academic appointment, Hargadon worked as a product designer at IDEO and Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

His research focuses on the effective management of innovation, and he has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering, the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation, and the strategic role of design in managing technology transitions.

His research has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs in organizations as diverse as the Canadian Health Services, Silicon Valley start-ups, Hewlett-Packard, and the US Navy. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications including Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, California Management Review, and Research in Organizational Behavior.

Hargadon serves on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and the Academy of Management Review. He teaches corporate executive programs and given lectures on the creativity, design, and the management of innovation.

Hargadon received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University's School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Stanford University's Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department.