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.

Prof. de Haan rejoined the Technion in 2003 as professor at the faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, with his main interest in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. He founded the Bronica Entrepreneurship Center and established a seventeen  course entrepreneurship curriculum at the Technion.  Prof. de Haan is a member of the Technion patent committee.
From 2014, he is a visiting professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute as the director of the postdoctoral program, Runway.  Runway provides postdocs with the opportunity, support and education to apply and commercialize their research, and employs an innovative IP model. 

Selected Publications

W.F. Boh, U. de Haan and R. Strom (2012) “University Technology  Transfer through Entrepreneurship, Faculty and Students in Spinoffs”  SSRN and Kauffman Foundation publication

S. Cohen, D. Dori and U. de Haan (2010) "A Software System Development Life Cycle  Model for Improved Stakeholders' Communication and Collaboration" Vol. V, (1)  International Journal of Computers, Communication and Control

R. Klein, U. de Haan, A. Goldberg (2010) "Overcoming obstacles encountered on the way  to commercialize university IP"  Journal of Technology Transfer

M. Erez, A. Fiegenbaum, U.de Haan, T. Sivan "The fundamental role of Absorptive Capacity in the Opportunity Exploitation State: Its Antecedence and Effect on New Venture Performance" Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2010

U. de Haan. "The Israel case of Science and Technology based Entrepreneurship: An Exploration Cluster" in Sarfraz A. Mian  (ed), Science and Technology Based Regional Entrepreneurship, 2011, Edward Elgar

E. M. Dar-El and U. de Haan, “Autonomous task decision making and its implications for job design”; International Journal of Production Research, 1977, Vol. 15, no. 4, 331–350 


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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