Dr. West combines a high-tech entrepreneurial background with more than a decade of leadership in graduate business education. He received an SB degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from M.I.T. with a concentration in Meteorology, and has worked more than 20 years in the software industry as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur. He was co-founder and president of Palomar Software as well as co-author of the Modsim programming language.
Dr. West has earned a PhD in Management from the University of California, Irvine and taught at Temple University Japan, Pepperdine and UC Irvine before joining the San Jose State University College of Business. At SJSU, he taught innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship classes, and was co-founder of the SJSU Solar Workforce Project and Silicon Valley Open Source Research Project.
Dr. West is known as a researcher, public speaker, and blogger on the topic of open innovation, including editing (with Henry Chesbrough and Wim Vanhaverbeke) the books Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006) and New Frontiers in Open Innovation (Oxford, 2014). His research has been published in Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Research Policy, and Telecommunications Policy, among other journals.
West J, Bogers, M. “Leveraging External Sources of Innovation: A Review of Research on Open Innovation,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 2014; 31(4): 814-831.
West J, Salter, A, Vanhaverbeke W, Chesbrough H, “Open innovation: The next decade,” Research Policy, 2014; 43 (5): 805-811.
Chesbrough H, Vanhaverbeke W, and West J, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014
Walshok M, West J, “Serendipity and Symbiosis: UCSD and the Local Wireless Industry,” in Kenney M and Mowery D, eds., Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California,Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014, pp. 127-152.
West J, Wood D, “Evolving an Open Ecosystem: The Rise and Fall of the Symbian Platform,” in Adner R, Oxley J and Silverman B, eds., Advances in Strategic Management, 2013; 30: pp. 27-68.
West J, Mace M. “Browsing as the Killer App: Explaining the Rapid Success of Apple’s iPhone”. Telecommunications Policy 2010;34(5-6):270-286
West J. “Commercializing Open Science: Deep Space Communications as the Lead Market for Shannon Theory, 1960-73”. Journal of Management Studies2008;45(8):1506-1532
West J, Lakhani KR. “Getting Clear About Communities in Open Innovation”. Industry and Innovation 2008;15(2):223-231
Chesbrough H, Vanhaverbeke W, and West J, eds., Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2006
West J. “How Open is Open Enough? Melding Proprietary and Open Source Platform Strategies”. Research Policy 2003;32(7):1259-1285