The Hargadon Files

Exploring the meeting of innovation and sustainability.


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We are fast approaching 8 billion people all hoping to live as we do, something the finite resources of the planet-energy, food, water, arable land-cannot accommodate. Throughout history, innovation has played a leading role in averting environmental and social collapse. But also in inviting it. Despite our best intentions, the many misconceptions about innovation in policy and in practice often get in our way. 

These reports will look at the hidden stories behind innovations big and small, going backstage to reveal what works, what doesn't, and why, in the pursuit of sustaining innovations.

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  • What’s In A Number
    The causes of climate change are as dense and intertwined as its consequences. The industrial revolution didn’t just bring us carbon-emitting technologies; it also brought us the modern corporation.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013
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    The Panacea Hypothesis
    Something quietly happened this summer amid all the hoopla surrounding Tesla’s soaring stock price and Elon Musk’s next visions that puts both the panacea hypothesis in stark relief and our efforts to promote sustainable innovation in context.
    Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know
    The bigger challenge with innovation is not coming up with new ideas, but rather putting yourself in the right position to see what’s already out there and bring it together in a way that works for you.
    Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • Designing The Revolution
    Baked into most stories of technology revolutions is the misconception that new technologies disrupt older ones because of some distinctive advantage. Sometimes it’s just the opposite.
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • On Policy and Innovation; the Grandmother of Invention
    Sometimes innovation requires constraints.
    Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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AndrewHargadonAndrew 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. Hargadon's research focuses on the effective management of innovation, particularly sustainable innovation, and he is author of numerous articles, essays, and the book How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press).

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