Eulogy: Rias J van Wyk

It is with sadness that we greet Prof Rias van Wyk for the last time…

IAMOT mourns the passing of Prof Rias J van Wyk, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prof van Wyk was one of the 21 “Founding Members” of IAMOT as recognised in the 1992 Articles of Incorporation. He is worthy of special recognition for his contribution to the conceptualisation, shaping and establishment of MoT as a discipline and  profession taken up by academia, industry and government worldwide. 

He received a BCom degree in 1957 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a BCom Hons in 1960 from the same university. His MCom followed in 1962. In 1966 he received a MPA from Harvard, with speciality in Science, Technology and Public Policy and in 1970 a DCom from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He held several positions as a statistician and economist from 1959 to 1963. Following that, he became Head of Research Economics at the CSIR, in Pretoria. His first professorship was in economics from 1969 to 1970 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He then became professor in Business Management at Stellenbosch University, and later moved to the University of Cape Town as Professor of Business Administration in the Graduate School of Business on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. In 1993 he was appointed in the WR Sweatt Chair in Management of Technology at the University of Minnesota. He was director of Technoscan, focusing on technology guidance for the new millennium, serving engineers, technology managers and science and technology policymakers. 

He served as board director and as an academic, he published widely. His latest book, “Technology: Its Fundamental Nature” (2017) is his legacy to support scholars in MoT to understand the essence of technology. He addresses the origins of technology, as a field of knowledge, the functionality grid and the techno-sphere. His latest thinking had much to do with technology and the environment and technology and humankind and touched on technology awareness and technological wisdom. He valued originality in thought, a relentless pursuit of the truth and a continuous effort to understand the essence of technology. He identified landmark technologies and placed them on the Omega map, a landscape construct that places matter, information and energy onto process, transport and storage. The last technology landmark that he circulated was on artificial glaciers for arid areas.

Rias van Wyk will be missed by all his colleagues and students and friends, but in particular by his wife Erna and children and their families. Our hearts as an IAMOT community go out to them. His legacy will remain and many a classroom and MoT discussion at IAMOT conferences and elsewhere will still speak his name and recognise him for the insights he has left with us, to enrich our discipline and our lives. 

Rest in peace, Rias.

(Written by Anthon Botha, 12 October 2020)

Call for Chapters ‘European Perspectives on Innovation Management’

Editors

dr. ir. Rob Dekkers (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Prof. Laure Morel (Équipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs, Université de Lorraine,France)

Website: 

https://european-perspectives-innovation-management.eu/

At this website the call for chapters is posted, there is a news section and we intend to organise afew webinars to address questions by authors that want to submit a manuscript for consideration.

Searching for European Perspectives

European practices in organisations are anchored in Anglo-Saxon, East European, Nippon- Rhineland, Nordic and Mediterranean socio-economic perspectives; this unique blend of social- economic perspectives also leads to different views on innovation management, new product and service development, and their challenges. This becomes apparent in writings such as that of Patel and Pavitt (1994, pp. 90–2) when they distinguish between myopic and dynamic national systems of innovation. These differing approaches also harbour diversity, which could be either beneficial or limit the growth of national economies, sectors and firms. Also, this may result in national cultures affecting creativity and innovation management in differing ways. Thus, these perspectives may lead to both subtle delimitations and pronounced differences for innovation policies, institutional settings, approaches to innovation management by firms and innovation performance.In addition to socio-economic perspectives, institutional factors that differ across nations and regions play a role in practices that are adopted for innovation management. This thought is captured by the notion of national innovation systems, for example the writings by Lundvall (1998; 2007). Also, the conceptualisation of triple helix (Leydesdorff and Etkowitz, 1996) instigates that institutional factors determine innovation outcomes, not only for nations, but also for firms. Not only can these institutional factors be found at the level of nations, they are also present in industrial districts, such as those constituting what is called the ‘Third Italy’ (Biggiero, 1998). The result is differing institutional contingencies across regions and nations, further augmenting the socio-economic perspectives.Notwithstanding these fragmented socio-economic perspectives and institutional contingencies, there are specific commonalities. Perhaps the nature of these perspectives, possibly set in Kantianism guiding economic and legal institutional settings rather than utilitarianism and legalism, makes firms and institutions gravitate towards open collaboration rather than transactional approaches (for example, Dekkers et al., 2019); the first is possibly linked with dynamics national innovation systems and the latter most likely associated with myopic national innovation systems. The fragmented, distributed economies also put a strong focus on internationalisation, including innovation management, new product and service development, even within the internally open market of the European community. Therefore, the European institutional settings foster unique approaches to innovation, and new product and service development.Perhaps these unique approaches will also foster a more innovative Europe. This may lead to creating not only ‘unicorns’, but also other high-growth firms, and stimulate other firms to engage more actively with innovation. In this sense, encouraging techno-entrepreneurship and facilitation of growth may also be shaped by the specific diversity of perspectives, institutional contingencies and collaborative modes.

IAMOT 2020 Postponed to Fall

From:   Dr. Tarek Khalil

President of Nile University

Conference Chair and Founder of IAMOT

Dear Colleagues:

In view of the current restrictions on travel from several countries, theorganizing committee decided to postpone the IAMOT 2020, the 29thInternational Conference on Management of Technology from 5 – 9 April to 13 – 17 September 2020 which will be held at Nile University, Cairo, Egypt.

Attached is the updated call for papers for the conference. We are still accepting papers at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iamot2020.

Looking forward to seeing you in September.

New IAMOT board

New IAMOT Board Members:

·       Mr. Nezar Sami, Innovation Consultant, Egypt

·       Mr. Mohamed Azzam, Digital Economy Executive, Egypt

·       Prof. Kirankumar S. Momaya, IIT- Mumbai, India

·       Dr. Raman Agrawalla, Tata Consulting Service, India

·       Prof. Anuja Agarwal, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, India

·       Prof. Gertten van de Kaa, Delft Univeristy, The Netherlands

·       Prof. Karuna Jain, IIT- Mumbai, India

·       Prof. Gita Surie, Adelphi University, USA

·      Prof. Ruchita Gupta, NITIE, India

Late Prof. Mukandan

It is with profound sadness, I inform you that Prof. Mukandan, a young NITIE faculty member, has suddenly passed way. He was part of the IAMOT 2019 organizing committee and responsible for conference proceedings and Doctor Colloquia. The entire NITIE community and organizing committee are in deep shock. We share the grief and mourn this premature loss of a talented and humble scholar with our prayers and thoughts. I met Prof. Mukandan personally during my last December visit to NITIE. I have requested the organizing committee to begin the conference with a one minute silent prayer in remembrance of Prof. Mukandan.  

Kind regards,

Osman Ahmed

President, IAMOT

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iRecruitment (the University’s careers website).

Please apply via iRecruitment: https://irec.wits.ac.za


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