טכניון – מרכז הידע לחדשנות

About

The Technion Knowledge Center for Innovation (KCI) was established in 2008 by Prof. Miriam Erez, Recipient of the Israel Prize. Our mission is to promote Innovation through the development, application and dissemination of knowledge among academia and industry.

The KCI conducts academic research on the topic of innovation on the individual, team, organization and national levels, as well as translational research to promote innovation in organizations based on the “Journey of the Idea” model developed by Prof. Erez.

The Innovation Knowledge Center has developed a guide to innovation for organizations, within the Israeli Standards Institute.

The journey of the idea:

The KCI model for stimulating and managing the innovation process follows the journey of ideas. It is a multi-phase, non-linear process for progressing from the ideation phase to the implementation phase, back to the ideation phase and vice versa.
At each of the stages innovation might be needed in the form of new technology, products, processes, business models or management.

This model serves as a guide for KCI initiatives. All our initiatives aim to change the mindset from a focus on a day-to-day “fire-fighting” to a future orientation, envisioning where the enterprise should be in order to become an industry leader. Our initiatives aim at sharing new knowledge with the organizations, assimilating it and utilizing it in innovative projects.

Our Team

Prof. Eitan Naveh

Academic Consultant

Researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Phycology, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, and other leading academic journals. His research interests include mainly two streams of organizational research, errors in organizations and linkage between innovation and quality.

Prof. Miriam Erez

Chairman

Initiated and established the Knowledge Center for Innovation in 2008, and has served as chairman of the Center since. In 2005 she received the Israel Prize for Management Sciences, and in 2002 won the prize of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Her research focuses on innovation, intercultural management and motivation at work. Among her activities she serves as Chair of the National Council for the Advancement of Women in science and technology, as the board of the Haifa Economic Corporation and the board of the Hi-Center incubator in Haifa. Miriam Erez is an Honorary member of the American Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association.

Sagi Goldberger

General Manager

General Manager of the Technion’s Knowledge Center for Innovation. Responsible for business development, and project management in the Center. In his research, Sagi aims to uncover the mechanisms which allows for organizations to adopt innovative processes and technologies. Sagi holds a B.A. in psychology-Ofakim (honors program) form Haifa University, and an MS.c in Organizational Psychology from the Technion. Sagi also consults the IDF.