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Uzi De-haan

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


After his first degree and ME degree at the University of Delft, Holland, in aeronautical engineering, Uzi de Haan worked for a short time at Fokker Aircraft Industries before immigrating to Israel in 1976.  He completed his D.Sc. at the Technion in Industrial Engineering and Behavioral Sciences in the area of Socio-Technical Systems, job design and quality of working life. After a post doctorate at UCLA, USA and at Philips Electronics, Holland, Prof. de Haan joined Philips Electronics, in the Netherlands.  He  first worked as an organizational consultant and later in a number of line and staff functions in different product divisions and countries, such as director of a plant for Telecom cables, Business Development Manager in Japan, Purchasing Director of Consumer Electronics, Chief Operating Officer of the Telecommunication Division, and lastly as founder and CEO of Philips in Israel. In this last function he built a $350 million company and an R&D base through acquisitions, venture investments and organic growth.

Research Interest

  The opportunity discovery and evaluation process in early stages of the entrepreneurial process. Market entry decisions under conditions of uncertainty, balancing resource constraints and keeping your options open Technology transfer from research universities; the role of PhD and postdoc students and the support and educator role of universities Technology entrepreneurs and startups as agents in technology diffusion and as actors in corporate R&D

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