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Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) (A)

Henry W. Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Lola Odusanya

The IMEC case study allows students to discuss open innovation in the context of research organizations with industry partnerships. Johan Van Helleputte, the Vice President of Strategic Management at Interuniversity Microelectrics Center (IMEC), a European research institute that focuses on advanced microelectronics research for applications in the semiconductor industry, is on the verge of presenting a growth strategy to his Board for approval. With the assistance of his team, Val Helleputte had discussed whether to develop an advanced 300mm wafer research laboratory that would require an investment of more than $1 billion. If a decision were made to go through with this investment, three primary challenges would need to be met: 1) raising the necessary capital to fund the investment, 2) managing the intellectual property arising from the project, and 3) engaging IMEC's industry partners in the project. Please note: This case also has a (B) supplement available.

Learning Objective

The IMEC case study is designed for students taking Executive Education courses or MBA courses in Innovation, Leading Change, Strategy, and Management of Technology. Depending on which type of course the case study is used for, different parts of the case study may be emphasized.


Pub Date: Jul 9, 2009

Discipline: Strategy

Subjects: Corporate strategy, Growth strategy, Innovation


UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Product #: B5712-PDF-ENG

Supplementary case (B): B5713-PDF-ENG

Teaching note: Available

Length: 17 page(s)

Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) (B): Creating Value through a New Approach to IPR Management

Henry W. Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Lola Odusanya

Key themes

Commercialization of technology

New research (labs) model

IP framework

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