Joel West

Visiting Scholar - Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4798
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76798-8011
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation 210.02

Educational Background

  • PhD - Management, UC Irvine
  • SB - Meteorology, MIT

Work Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University (Fall 2018)
  • CEO, Shield Pharma (2014-present)
  • Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Keck Graduate Institute, The Claremont Colleges (2011-present)
  • Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, College of Business, San José State University (2009-2011)
  • Associate Professor, College of Business, San José State University (2002-2009)
  • Lecturer, UC Irvine (2000-2002, 2014-2015)
  • President, Palomar Software (1987-2002)

Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Member, Résau de Recherche sur l’Innovation (2018)
  • Best Paper Award, Emerging Technologies track, Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences (2001)
  • Best Paper Award, International Management Division, Academy of Management (1998)


Joel West is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Inovation in the Hankamer School of Business for Fall 2018. He currently is Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Keck Graduate Institute, a biotech graduate school in the Claremont Colleges. He is director of the school’s annual Business Plan Competition, a member of the IP Committee, and serves as faculty advisor for the Consulting Club, Christian Club and Beer Club. He previously was a tenured (full) professor at San José State University, and held part-time positions at UC Irvine, Pepperdine and Temple University Japan.

Joel has two major research streams. The first is on the commercialization of new technologies through technology entrepreneurship; the second is on the use of strategic openness to improve firm performance and competitive advantage. He is co-editor (with Henry Chesbrough and Wim Vanhaverbeke) of two widely-cited books: Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006) and New Frontiers in Open Innovation (Oxford, 2014), and special issues of Industrial and Corporate Change and Research Policy.

With more than 15,000 citations, he is the author of more than 50 articles or book chapters, including articles in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Telecommunications Policy. A co-founder of the World Open Innovation Conference, he has been a guest speaker at industry conferences and university seminars in 10 countries across six continents.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

Anne Greul, Joel West and Simon Bock, “Open at birth? Why new firms do (or don’t) use open innovation,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, DOI: 10.1002/sej.1282

Erik G. Hansen,  Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Iris Xiaohong Quan, and Joel West, “Cross-National Complementarity of Technology Push, Demand Pull, and Manufacturing Push Policies: The Case of Photovoltaics,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, DOI: 10.1109/TEM.2018.2833878

Oliver Alexy, Joel West, Helge Klapper, and Markus Reitzig, “Surrendering Control to Gain Advantage: Reconciling Openness and the Resource-based View of the Firm,” Strategic Management Journal, Special Issue on New Theory in Strategic Management, 39, 6 (June 2018): 1704-1727. DOI: 10.1002/smj.2706

Joel West and Marcel Bogers, “Open Innovation: Current Status & Research Opportunities,” Innovation: Organization & Management, 19, 1 (2017): 43-50. DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2016.1258995

Joel West, “Open Source Platforms Beyond Software: From ICT to Biotechnology,” in Jeffrey Furman, Annabelle Gawer, Brian S. Silverman, and Scott Stern, eds. Advances in Strategic Management 37, 2017, pp. 337-368. DOI: 10.1108/S0742-332220170000037011

Christopher L. Tucci, Henry Chesbrough, Frank Piller, and Joel West, “When do firms undertake open, collaborative activities? Introduction to the special section on open innovation and open business models,” Industrial & Corporate Change, 25, 2 (April 2016): 283-288. DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtw002

Joel West and George Kuk, “The complementarity of openness: How MakerBot leveraged Thingiverse in 3D printing,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 102 (Jan. 2016): 169-181. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.07.025

Marcus Perkmann and Joel West, “Open Science and Open Innovation: Sourcing Knowledge from Universities,” in Albert N. Link, Donald S. Siegel, and Mike Wright, eds., Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, pp. 41-74. ISBN: 978-0226178349.

Joel West and Marcel Bogers, “Leveraging External Sources of Innovation: A Review of Research on Open Innovation,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31, 4 (July 2014): 814-831. DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12125

Joel West, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Henry Chesbrough, “Open innovation: The next decade,” Special Issue on Open Innovation: New Insights and Evidence, Research Policy, 43, 5 (June 2014): 805-811. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001

Joel West, “Too Little, Too Early: California’s Transient Advantage in the Photovoltaic Solar Industry,” Journal of Technology Transfer, 39, 3 (June 2014): 487-501. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9291-6

Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-19-968246-1.

Joel West, “Challenges of Funding Open Innovation Platforms: Lessons from Symbian Ltd.,” in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 71-93. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682461.003.0004

Mary Walshok and Joel West, “Serendipity and Symbiosis: UCSD and the Local Wireless Industry,” in Martin Kenney and David Mowery, eds., Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014, pp. 127-152. ISBN: 9780804790673

Joel West and David Wood, “Evolving an Open Ecosystem: The Rise and Fall of the Symbian Platform,” in Ron Adner, Joanne Oxley and Brian Silverman, eds., Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 30, 2013, pp. 27-68.  DOI: 10.1108/S0742-3322(2013)0000030005. ISBN: 1781908265

Joel West and Michael Mace, “Browsing as the killer app: Explaining the rapid success of Apple’s iPhone,” Telecommunications Policy, 34, 5-6 (June-July 2010): 270-286. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2009.12.002

Scott Gallagher and Joel West, “Reconceptualizing and expanding the positive feedback network effects model: A case study,” Journal of Engineering and Technology Management 26, 3 (Sept. 2009): 131-147. DOI: 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2009.06.007

Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “The Limits to IPR Standardization Policies as Evidenced by Strategic Patenting in UMTS,” Telecommunications Policy, 33, 1-2 (Feb.-March 2009): 80-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2008.11.003

Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “Standards, Patents and Mobile Phones: Lessons from ETSI’s Handling of UMTS,” International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research, 7, 1 (January 2009), 13-34. DOI: 10.4018/jitsr.2009010102 .

Joel West, “Commercializing Open Science: Deep Space Communications as the Lead Market for Shannon Theory, 1960-1973,” Journal of Management Studies, 45, 8 (December 2008), 1506-1532. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00807.x

Joel West and Siobhán O’Mahony, “The Role of Participation Architecture in Growing Sponsored Open Source Communities,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 2 (April 2008): 145-168. DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970142. Reprinted in Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen & Francesco Rullani, eds., Online Communities and Open Innovation: Governance and Symbolic Value Creation, London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 39-54.

Joel West and Karim R. Lakhani, “Getting Clear About Communities in Open Innovation,” Industry & Innovation, 15, 2 (April 2008): 223-231. DOI: 10.1080/13662710802033734. Reprinted in Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen & Francesco Rullani, eds., Online Communities and Open Innovation: Governance and Symbolic Value Creation, London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 109-117.

Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 0-19-929072-5..

Joel West and Scott Gallagher, “Challenges of Open Innovation: The Paradox of Firm Investment in Open Source Software,” R&D Management, 36, 3 (June 2006), 315-328. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2006.00436.x

Joel West, “How Open is Open Enough? Melding Proprietary and Open Source Platform Strategies, Research Policy 32, 7 (July 2003): 1259-1285. DOI: 10.1016/S0048-7333(03)00052-0

John L. King and Joel West, “Ma Bell’s Orphan: US Cellular Telephony, 1947-1996, Telecommunications Policy 26, 3-4 (April/May 2002): 189-203. DOI: 10.1016/S0308-5961(02)00008-3

Joel West and Jason Dedrick, “Innovation and Control in Standards Architectures: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s PC-98,” Information Systems Research, 11, 2 (June 2000): 197-216. DOI: 10.1287/isre.

Joel West, “Utopianism and National Competitiveness in Technology Rhetoric: The Case of Japan’s Information Infrastructure,” The Information Society, 12, 3 (July 1996): 251-272. DOI: 10.1080/019722496129459

Joel West, “Software Rights and Japan’s Shift to an Information Society, Asian Survey, 35, 12 (Dec. 1995): 1118-1139. DOI: 10.1525/as.1995.35.12.01p0078d Reprinted in Edward R. Beauchamp, ed., The Japanese Economy and Economic Issues since 1945, New York: Garland, 1998, pp. 274-296.