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Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon

Professor at UC Davis GSM

Founding Director at UCD Center for Entrepreneurship

Founding Director at UCD Energy Efficiency Center

Graduate School of Management
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Gallagher Hall Room 3316

Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 752-2277


  1. MS, Product Design, Stanford University, 1998 — 2000
  2. PhD, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1993 — 1998
  3. BS, Engineering-Product Design, Stanford University, 1982 — 1986



Andrew Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation.

Professor Hargadon's research focuses on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. He has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation and has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.

As the founding director of two key centers at the University of California, Davis—the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center—Professor Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research, and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship.

The centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering, and business and they provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world. He received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.

Professor Hargadon received his doctoral degree 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 bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University's Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Prior to his academic appointment, he worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

He is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press 2003).

Research Expertise:

Organizational behavior, technology management, managing new product development, innovation factors in the design of technology, innovations in green technology and energy efficiency, technology commercialization.

Selected Articles:

Together We Innovate
with Rob Cross, Salvatore Parise, and Robert J. Thomas
MIT Sloan Management Review (Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2007)

Leading with Vision: The Design of New Ventures
Design Management Review Winter 2005

Clean Energy & Fuel Cells: Implications for Innovation Strategies from Historic Technology Transitions
Public Fuel Cell Alliance, 2004

Brokers of Innovation: Lessons from the past
Focus,Vol VIII/1, 2004

Technology Brokering and Innovation in a Product Development Firm
with R. I. Sutton (1997), Administrative Science Quarterly, 42: 716-749.

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