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New Members to iAIR

I am thrilled to announce that 2 of my favorite professors and colleagues have joined the iAIR board of advisors. I am confident in their ability to bring even more competence, experience and insight to the team. They may even contribute to the iAIR blog site. So stay tuned!! Below is their brief bios.


Dr. Ralph Katz, PhD. – MIT Sloan & Northeaster U.

Dr. Ralph Katz is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management at Northeastern University’s College of Business and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. For more than 35 years, Katz has been carrying out extensive management research, education, and consulting on how to build, lead, and sustain the innovation process, with a particular interest in the management and motivation of technical professionals and high-performing groups and project teams.
During these years, Katz has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on innovation and R&D management in many organizations, working with them to improve their management and leadership of innovation incl. their practices, processes, and cultures. Among his more recent clients are major industrial corporations, including Procter & Gamble; Lockheed Martin; Goodrich; EMC; Nokia; Novartis; Medtronic, Tetra Pak; Master Foods, Inc.; Ciba Specialty Chemicals; and the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

He teaches in two MIT Sloan executive programs and leads the Management of Technology and Innovation executive program at Cal Tech. For more than 10 years, he led the Management of Technology and Technical Professionals courses at IBM’s Corporate Technical Institute. Katz has taught in the executive programs of many other universities and was a visiting scholar at INSEAD in Paris during the 2003-04 academic year. His most recent book is The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation, second edition (Oxford University Press, 2004).

In 1981, Katz was awarded the New Concept Award by the National Academy of Management for “Most Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Organizational Behavior.” He was also the 1986 recipient of R&D Management Journal’s “Best Paper Award” and the 1990 and 1991 recipient of the Academy of Management TIM Division’s “Best Paper Award.” In 2004, his paper in the IRI-sponsored journal, Research-Technology Management, was selected as the Holland Award

Dr. Jay Paap, PhD. – MIT and CalTech

Dr. Jay Paap is President of Paap Associates , a management consulting firm assisting major corporations in a broad range of business and technology development efforts, serves on the faculty of the Industrial Relations Center at Cal Tech, is a Fellow of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and a PDMA Certified New Product Develop-ment Professional.

Jay provides clients an integrated approach to creating the innovative environment in which to grow their businesses and position themselves for the future. He focuses his services in seven areas: business development strategy, new product development, organization of the technical and business development functions, corporate venturing (aka Open Innova-tion), technology planning, competitive intelligence, and executive education.

Dr. Paap has been active in the management of technology for 40 years, and has consulted with industrial and govern-mental organizations for over 35 years. He is a sought after speaker at public and in-company programs globally and he co-authored the award winning article Anticipating Disruptive Innovation.


Written by David Frederick

April 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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