Expert

Dr. Mohamed Baka

Dr. Mohamed Baka is the Director of the Emirates Center for Entrepreneurship, based in Abu-Dhabi (UAE). He earned his PhD in Information Technology from Bristol University in the UK and received executive management training both at MIT Sloan and the Cranfield School of Management. Dr. Baka has extensive experience in the field of Technology Management. He had led many projects for blue-chip firms including IBM, Fiat, Tesco and Unilever as part of the ESPRIT Program. Dr Baka’s Academic experience includes a research appointment at Imperial College (University of London) and was a visiting Professor at Richmond University. Dr. Baka has served on the board of several IT start-ups, and is an active member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the UK. He is currently the Chairman of the UAE IT Forum and Vice-President of the Emirates Project Management Association (EPMA). He has been recently the recipient of the prestigious IDC award for the MECIO of the year.

MODULE - Management of Technology

Objective

The ongoing technological developments are proceeding at an ever-increasing pace, forcing enterprises, leadership teams and others to rapidly adapt. This motion requires an understanding of management elements that are necessary to bring technological developments from initial innovation through development and final use. Likewise, the development of technology has become an international activity. Technological developments may start in a Western laboratory, move to an Asian manufacturer, and be marketed in other developed nations. The aim of the course is to familiarize participants with emerging and advanced technologies with an emphasis on Information and Communication Technologies. The elements of management of technology will be covered in this course. The course also addresses methods and ways of technology transfer in an international context.

Short description

Technological Advancement and Competitive Advantage: addresses the relationship between technology, technological advancements, national and enterprise competitive advantage. Generation of Technology: technology develops through a process of creativity, invention and innovation. Technology must be translated into a useful product, process or service otherwise it will remain a technological curiosity. Technological Life Cycle: Technology life cycle, Product-process-service life cycle, System lifecycle, Project life cycle and Business life cycle. Enterprise Structure and Design: Functional, Geographic, Divisional, Strategic, Matrix, Project. Key factors in achieving technological development success: Enterprise Leadership and Enterprise Competency. International Technology Transfer: addresses the process by which technology, knowledge, and information developed in one enterprise for a particular purpose is applied and utilized in another enterprise for another purpose. Direct Technology transfer and Spin-off Technology Transfer methods are discussed. Intellectual Property (Inventions and Patents, Trade Secrets and Know-how, Copyrights, Trademarks and Licensing) are also covered.