Originally published on Berkeley Haas Newsroom
December 16, 2016
The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business honored US President Barack Obama with the Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Open Innovation at the World Open Innovation Conference held at ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, today (Dec. 16, 2016).
Marcos C. Mandojana, Consul General of the United States of America in Barcelona, accepted the award on the President’s behalf.
Every year at its World Open Innovation Conference, the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at Berkeley-Haas recognizes a global leader who applies the concept of open innovation to create significant change. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, received the inaugural award in 2015.
Open innovation asserts that an organization should make greater use of external ideas in its business and allow its own ideas to be used by others outside of the organization in order to accelerate innovation.
The Garwood Center presented the award to President Obama for his achievements in championing open innovation through government initiatives and programs for youth, researchers, academics, and entrepreneurs. These initiatives include, among others...