Long Fuse, Big Bang: Thomas Edison, Electricity, and the Locus of Innovation

Monday, October 22, 2012, 12:00 pm
Building 50 Auditorium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Calls for breakthroughs in science and technology have never been louder, and yet the demand for innovation is made more challenging by public and political misconceptions surrounding where, when, and how it happens. Professor Andrew Hargadon uses historical research to advance our current understanding of the innovation process. He will discuss the social and technical context in which electric light, and the modern electric power infrastructure, were born and consider its implications for managing innovation in science and technology today.

Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon

Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship
Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management
University of California, Davis

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

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 Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center—Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research, and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship.