Berkeley Haas Case Series

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Chez Panisse: Building an Open Innovation Ecosystem
Chesbrough, Henry W., Sohyeong Kim, and Alice Agogino
Publication date: 6/30/2014, pages 1-31

The Chez Panisse case provides a brief history of the famous restaurant started by Alice Waters. The study discusses Waters' local and global ecosystem using an open innovation strategy with stakeholders such as suppliers, alumni chef and staff, food writers, and others. Over the years, Chez Panisse became a launching pad for numerous prominent chefs, suppliers, and food writers, along with the well-known Edible School Yard Project (ESY) that helped fund edible schoolyards across the country. Going forward, Waters wondered how to continue the success of the restaurant and the wide-reaching global ecosystem she had built.

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