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Shlomo Maital

Shlomo Maital
Senior Research Fellow
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Prof. Maital is emeritus professor at Technion and senior research fellow at the Neaman Institute.  During 1998-2009, he served as Academic Director of TIM-Technion Institute of Management, and worked with some 200 high-tech companies (established and start-ups), and some 1,000 managers. For 20 years, he was a visiting professor at MIT Sloan School Management during the summers. He wrote, co-authored or edited over a dozen books, including:

Innovation Management:  Strategies, Concepts & Tools for Growth & Profit 2nd edition, (SAGE 2013); Global Crisis/Global Opportunity (SAGE, 2009); Mapping National Innovation Ecosystems (Elgar, forthcoming 2013) (with A. Frenkel); The Imagination Elevator (forthcoming, 2014) (with A. Ruttenberg); and Technion Nation: Technion’s Contribution to Israel and to the World (2012) (with A. Frenkel). 

He writes a regular column for the fortnightly magazine Jerusalem Report.

His current research focuses on the following topics:  SNI Wheel of Life (visual quantification of the quality of life in Israel); a method for fostering creative thinking; and editing a book on technology transfer from Academe to industry. 

מודל הגיוס לצהל - בחינת חלופות וחידושים

IDF’s Conscription Model: Examining Alternatives and Innovations

Our goal is to organize a Roundtable discussion, whose participants have expertise, knowledge and opinions on all aspects of military conscription – social, political, military, strategic, economic and psychological. In the Roundtable, a wide variety of opinions and positions will be expressed, on I.D.F. conscription and the volunteer army; innovations in this area will be discussed and various alternative policies will be presented. The Roundtable will provide informative useful material for a planned one-day Workshop conference, at which decision-makers and opinion leaders will participate. The S. Neaman Institute will prepare and distribute a report, at the conclusion of the Workshop.
עץ החרוב: פתרון מערכתי, מהפכני ורדיקאלי למשבר הפנסיה הקשור להחלטות בהווה ובעתיד

The Carob Tree:A Radical Evolutionary Systemic Solution to the Pension Crisis

We propose an original, radical and systemic solution, based on an evolutionary social transformation of present-future choice toward increased saving; a proposal that addresses the roots of the pension crisis, not just the symptoms.
Transferring Technology and its Commercialization

Transferring Technology and its Commercialization

How to translate technological knowledge obtained in academe into commercial success is a disturbing question that concerns many researchers and entrepreneurs in the academe. The Samuel Neaman Institute faces the issue as part of its involvement in the Technion.
מיפוי מערכות לאומיות של חדשנות טכנולוגית: יצירת בסיס להסכמה על מדיניות

Mapping national systems of technological innovativeness: Creating a basis for agreement on policy

A book that deals with technological innovation, based on the material collected as part of work package No. 2 of the Pick-Me Project, in which a novel methodology for mapping the ecosystem of technological innovation in five European countries that participate in the project was successfully tested.
Innovativeness in the Traditional Industry

Innovativeness in the Traditional Industry

A joint venture of the Center for Innovation and Knowledge, Faculty of Industrial and Management, Technion and the Samuel Neaman Institute.
The Evaluation of Demand and the Evolution of Sores of Knowledge in Sectors and Regions that are Knowledge-Intensive

The Evaluation of Demand and the Evolution of Sores of Knowledge in Sectors and Regions that are Knowledge-Intensive

This research was done within the framework of Pick-Me project – WP 5. The study analyzing data collected in a field survey of the ecosystem created by the RAD Bynet group of companies, which fostered some 130 startups of various types.
The Zvi Griliches Research Data Center

The Zvi Griliches Research Data Center

The Zvi Griliches Research Data Center was established in 2000 to encourage the study of empirical economic of Israel in issues related to the economy of research and development, the high-tech sector, innovation, human capital and productivity.
The Acceleration of Arab Society

The Acceleration of Arab Society's Involvement in the Israeli Economy and Business Sector

The national importance and the urgency of accelerating the Arab citizens' integration into Israel's economy is increasing in Israel. A variety of state, business and voluntary organizations are dealing with this subject. For this purpose, we intend to hold a series of discussions with the major organizations dealing with the economic/business aspect of the subject
Innovation 2011 – Active Industrial Policy for leveraging Science and Technology and Israel

Innovation 2011 – Active Industrial Policy for leveraging Science and Technology and Israel's Unique Culture of Innovation.

The program commenced at the end of 2009 and ended in 2011. The project was initiated by the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, was authorized by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and led by the Chief Scientist of the Ministry. Innovation 2011 is a strategy for implementing the mission outlined in "Israel 2028 –Vision and Strategy for Economy and Society in a Global World," initiated by the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation and presented to the Government of Israel.
Israel

Israel's Policy on Developing Transport Infrastructure

This research focuses on preparing a policy document on the subject of a transport master plan for the National Council for Economy at the Prime Minister's Office. The objective of the study was to assist in the development of a policy to be determined by the Government on the subject of road and rail transport development in Israel.
Other Projects at Samuel Neaman Institute on Innovation and the Global Crisis

Other Projects at Samuel Neaman Institute on Innovation and the Global Crisis

In 2009, Prof. Shlomo Maital completed writing a book about the global crisis.
Technion’s Contribution to Israel and to the Development of Technology in the World, Through Its Graduates

Technion’s Contribution to Israel and to the Development of Technology in the World, Through Its Graduates

This project documents the contribution of Technion faculty and graduates, to Israel and to humanity. It includes a Web-based survey of Technion graduates, to which over 4,000 alumni/ae responded. The results of the survey were analyzed and processed; we extrapolated the data to represent the population of all Technion graduates since the Technion was founded.
Activities on Innovation and Urban Planning

Activities on Innovation and Urban Planning

A team from the Neaman Institute, including Prof. Amnon Frenkel, Prof. Shlomo Maital and Dr. Daphne Getz, was part of a group that won a grant awarded by the European Union for research on "Demand-driven Innovation" (PICK-ME). The team was selected to lead the crucial Work Package #1. An innovative method for mapping innovation eco-systems in each participating country, developed by Profs. Frenkel and Maital, was presented to the project participants in Torino, Italy.
Policy Incentives for Knowledge Creation

Policy Incentives for Knowledge Creation

The project is implemented under the Seventh Program of the European Union (FP7), a consortium that consists of seven countries (Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, the UK, and Israel). The purpose of the project is to examine empirically the role of the demand side in the creation of technological knowledge, recognition of technological and organizational innovation, and encouraging the increase in productivity. The project is formally complete and our contribution was expressed in five outputs.
"wheels of Life" in Israel

"wheels of Life" in Israel

The "Wheels of Life" project was launched in 2013, in order to compare Israel's performance with the performance of other countries in five main dimensions of Israel's society: economics, innovation, science and technology, society-governance- education, environment, and energy. The data source used for comparative analysis is the World Competitiveness Yearbook of the IMD School of Management, a leading business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, which presents data on a wide range of global competitiveness variables in 60 countries.
Entrepreneurship at the Technion

Entrepreneurship at the Technion

This report was prepared at the initiative and at the request of the Technion Board and was intended to serve as background material for the purpose of formulating the Technion's policy in the field of entrepreneurship.
Universities

Universities' Influence on Student Decisions to Become Entrepreneurs: Theory and Evidence

This project presents and tests a theory of the process that students, in particular Technion students, undergo as they learn about startup entrepreneurship and, in some cases, decide to launch a startup after graduating. The theory is based on the “stage gate” model for product development.
Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning

September, 2019
Can universities foster students’ intent to become entrepreneurs?

Can universities foster students’ intent to become entrepreneurs?

September, 2019
This essay surveys research published in the past four years or so, on how universities can foster the intention of students to launch entrepreneurial startups. The main conclusion from these 25-30 research papers is this: While universities seek to foster entrepreneurship, their dominant academic approach to teaching anything -- classrooms, textbooks, curricula, lectures and problem sets -- is inappropriate for startup entrepreneurs. Budding entrepreneurs seek first to understand what is involved in entrepreneurship, in practical terms, to learn whether they are suited for it; and for this they require hands-on, experiential, real-world ‘wet’ simulations and where possible, exposure to and collaboration with real entrepreneurs, with the goal of creating awareness, fostering intention and ultimately, generating action in launching new businesses.
Entrepreneurship at the Technion Establishment of policy

Entrepreneurship at the Technion Establishment of policy

April, 2017
Overview of the objects and modes of entrepreneurial education in research universities and proposal for actions. The publication includes critical review and evaluation of modes of actions in leading universities worldwide.
The business of sleep

The business of sleep

13 May, 2019
An interview with Prof. Peretz Lavie, outgoing president of the Technion about his sleep research and resulting start-ups.
Polity without policy

Polity without policy

08 April, 2019
What happen in democracies, when we the voters, the polity, cast our ballots without any clue about what those we are voting for plan to do? What if those we vote for have no idea themselves what they plan to do? And why are Israel and Western democracies in this pickle?
To succeed in a start-up, you have to think like artists

To succeed in a start-up, you have to think like artists

12 October, 2018
Is Israel really the start-up nation? If you choose the right metric, the answer is no. Israel is indeed the world leader in the number of start-ups per capita, according to the Bloomberg Index - but is this the right measure? Isn't it more correct to check the number of successful start-ups per capita? If we measure this index, we will find that Israel is not at all leading. The rate of failures in the US, for example, is 90%; Sounds a lot, but it's much less than Israel.
Prey, work, study Torah

Prey, work, study Torah

06 August, 2018
In this article, Prof. Shlomo Maital discusses the integration of ultra-Orthodox society into the labor force in Israel, the historical circumstances that led to the current situation, and the various incentives that are pushing more Haredi men to join the labor force, concurrently to their torah studies
what lies ahead in 2018?

what lies ahead in 2018?

22 January, 2018
In this paper, Prof. Shlomo Mei-Tal reviews the important statistics and trends in the Israeli economy in 2017, and the forecasts for the changes that are expected to affect the economy in 2018
LET

LET'S SAY HELLO

17 April, 2017
Intel's $ 15 billion purchase of Mobileye could be the way to go for Israeli hi-tech bringing in jobs and expertise rather than taking away brains
The high cost of flight

The high cost of flight

03 April, 2017
Kobi Alexander's journey from hi-tech visionary to convicted felon.
Will Iran win the technology war?

Will Iran win the technology war?

06 January, 2017
In his article, Prof. Shlomo Maital analyzes the investment of the Iranian government (and even the religious establishment in Iran) in technological and scientific education, and its results, against the investment in the State of Israel in those fields.
The Best of times, The Worst of times

The Best of times, The Worst of times

14 December, 2016
Hugh forest fires that left hundreds homeless and caused over a billion shekels in damages highlighted the ability of Israelis to rally in times of adversity, but also fanned sectarian tensions and raised questions about disaster preparations
Follow the money

Follow the money

12 December, 2016
How will Donald Trump’s economic outlook affect Israel and the world?
A Swiss-Israel merger?

A Swiss-Israel merger?

16 November, 2016
Swiss-Israel merger? Not Quite, but Israel certainly has a lot to learn from Switzerland, which has nearly double its per capita GDP.
A Tale of debt and darkness

A Tale of debt and darkness

31 October, 2016
Eliezer Fishman faces the largest ever bankruptcy of an Israeli businessman. How did the banks allow things to go so far?
How to change the world

How to change the world

21 May, 2016
What would happen if an Israeli invention replaced conventional internal combustion engines?
The Eilat Casino Gamble

The Eilat Casino Gamble

16 March, 2016
If casinos are opened in Eilat, will they really boost the city's employment and well-being
A mouse-and-elephant love affair

A mouse-and-elephant love affair

03 February, 2016
Selling Israel’s creativity, technology and start-up mind-set to China
Angels Over Tel Aviv

Angels Over Tel Aviv

06 January, 2016
The White City has become one of the world’s most vibrant start-up ecosystems with angel investments playing an important role.
Social change on a silver platter

Social change on a silver platter

09 December, 2015
If people of goodwill work together and engage in hard protests of all kinds, social change can and will happen.
The world in IdO

The world in IdO

25 November, 2015
Israeli start-up companies play a major role in the return to the future of the lucrative industry of objects online.
Is the buck passing?

Is the buck passing?

11 November, 2015
The implications for Israel of a declining dollar are serious; does the government have a contingency plan?
Still in First Grade

Still in First Grade

02 November, 2015
2 million Israeli children began the new school year on September 1, including 57,477 smiling freshfaced and hopeful six-year-olds who began first grade. They showed up at 4,805 schools with backpacks, pencils, sandwiches and anticipation. But all too often, our children quickly learn that our schools are frozen perpetually in first grade.
Internet of everything

Internet of everything

28 October, 2015
Israeli start-ups are playing an important role in burgeoning new industry known as the Internet of Things
Heureux comme un Israelien

Heureux comme un Israelien

21 September, 2015
Si Israel se regardait dans le miroir, il verrait un pays rempli de gens heureux, en bonne sante, globalement optimistes et resilients. Bref, un pays qui s’en sort plutot bien.
Is Defense Spending Sacrosanct?

Is Defense Spending Sacrosanct?

05 August, 2015
The Locker Committee has presented a core existential dilemma: How much defense spending is appropriate? And who decides?
The TEVA VS. MYLAN

The TEVA VS. MYLAN

27 July, 2015
In the battle of the giants it is Israel’s Teva that is the heavyweight, and the American company, the lightweight
Crossing Death Valley

Crossing Death Valley

13 July, 2015
It is very difficult to do business in Israel, especially for a start-up seeking to grow independently
Ten ideas for Naftali Bennett

Ten ideas for Naftali Bennett

29 June, 2015
The new minister needs to put his shoulder to the wheel to get the education system extricated from the mire
Satellites that tango

Satellites that tango

27 May, 2015
A growing number of Israeli start-ups are excited by the potential of the growing civilian space industry, now estimated at nearly 300 billion dollar.
Mitzva bonds

Mitzva bonds

17 May, 2015
Social bonds could link performance with funding and, ultimately, rebuild the public’s trust, eroded by years of waste and corruption.
Needed: Goliaths instead of Davids

Needed: Goliaths instead of Davids

09 May, 2015
Israel needs more than start-up exits, it needs companies that can scale up to global giants. Web builder Wix is taking up the challenge.
Voting our pockets, or our fears

Voting our pockets, or our fears

04 May, 2015
Events have conspired to put the high cost of living on the election back burner
Addicted to cheap money

Addicted to cheap money

20 April, 2015
A seismic reversal of financial markets is on the cards, with falling bond and stock prices
On wings of carbon

On wings of carbon

06 April, 2015
Israel Aerospace Industries is engaged in high-tech manufacturing for the F-35 fighter jet project.
The pensions time bomb

The pensions time bomb

04 March, 2015
In less than a decade, payments from the old-age benefits fund will exceed income, and by 2042 or earlier, the whole fund will be gone. Despite 20 years of legislation and reforms, the penion crisis has become worse.
Xin Chào, Vietnam!

Xin Chào, Vietnam!

21 January, 2015
Vietnamese want to learn the Israeli 'secret sauce’ of technology-intensive entrepreneurship
Shocks, sheikhs and shale

Shocks, sheikhs and shale

07 January, 2015
The price of oil peaked at $145 a barrel in July 2008 and is now below $50. The cause: Saudi oil sheikhs refuse to slash production to stabilize prices, while American shale production soars.
Tel Aviv white elephant

Tel Aviv white elephant

17 December, 2014
The ‘New’ Central Bus Station languishes in semi-neglect, a strange, partly unseen, humming underworld of activity.
Israel, by the numbers

Israel, by the numbers

12 November, 2014
According to the statistics, Israel is quite well off, fairly cheerful, healthy, and great place to live and raise children.
The dismal science meets the shrinks

The dismal science meets the shrinks

15 October, 2014
What happens when economics, known for over two centuries as the dismal science, meets psychology, whose practitioners often called "shrinks"? Economics become a whole lot less dismal and a great deal more useful and interesting.
Atop Mt. Intel

Atop Mt. Intel

06 October, 2014
David Perlmutter, who rose to become the most senior Israeli corporate executive, shares his insights on implementing radical innovation at very big companies.
The battle of the budget

The battle of the budget

01 October, 2014
Who will pay for the Gaza war? A three-way conflict between security, social and fiscal considerations. A Netanyahu-Lapid compromise leaves taxes unchanged for the 2015 budget and defines added defense spending as “one-time only”.
Start-up Nation

Start-up Nation's dark side

22 September, 2014
Israel may top the tables in innovation, but the benefits need to be more widely diffused.
THE ASIAN BUYOUT

THE ASIAN BUYOUT

30 June, 2014
What are the pros and cons of selling Israeli companies to Asian investors?
When the bubble bursts

When the bubble bursts

28 May, 2014
Soaring property prices are like riding a tiger – if prices continue to rise, it's bad; if they fall, it's bad, very bad.
ENTREPRENEUROVIRUS

ENTREPRENEUROVIRUS

19 May, 2014
The Zisapel approach encourages creative people to leave big and growing companies and start small ones.
Israel

Israel's China Dilemma

14 May, 2014
How can Israel build trade and investment with China, without damaging ties with the US and Europe?
It

It's All in the Family

21 April, 2014
Contrary to conventional wisdom, many family firms, such as Sano, the consumer products company, are exceedingly well managed.
Rethinking the Draft

Rethinking the Draft

09 April, 2014
How can conscription be modernized and improved to achieve Israel's goals and maintain its security?
Dissecting BDS

Dissecting BDS

07 April, 2014
Is the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement truly a threat to Israel? It is a mistake to lump B, D and S together – they are utterly different. Sanctions are the main threat.
Who Will Heal the Hospitals?

Who Will Heal the Hospitals?

05 March, 2014
The crisis at Hadassah, the country's leading medical center, is only symptomatic of the deep malaise affecting Israel's medical system.
Strong shekel blues

Strong shekel blues

05 March, 2014
Has the Bank of Israel thrown in the towel in its war against the appreciation of the shekel?
In search of a cure

In search of a cure

19 February, 2014
Erez Vigodman, the new CEO of Teva, Israel's premier global company, has to work fast to pull the conglomerate out of crisis.
Can Generation Y Save the Israel?

Can Generation Y Save the Israel?

13 January, 2014
Disillusioned with capitalism, Israel’s millenials seek peace and a new world order.
Visionary optimist - Dov Lautman 1936-2013

Visionary optimist - Dov Lautman 1936-2013

30 December, 2013
INDUSTRIALIST DOV LAUTMAN died November 23 following a decade-long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 77. He is survived by his son, Noam, and three grandchildren.
A woman’s job

A woman’s job

28 November, 2013
All Karnit Flug has to do is stabilize the currency, battle inflation and deflation, cool housing prices, and fight inequality and poverty.
Getting Future Ready

Getting Future Ready

13 November, 2013
Israel may be a land of hi-tech milk and honey but when it comes to public services it has yet to enter the 21st century. Carmela Avner became the Government’s first CIO Chief Information Officer, and moved Israel ahead toward e-Government – but after nearly 18 months in office, she has resigned; others will need to carry on with her work.
Technion in China

Technion in China

07 November, 2013
A Hong Kong entrepreneur joins forces with an Israeli university to spur innovations in mainland China
48 Herzl St.

48 Herzl St.

13 October, 2013
The shopkeepers of Haifa's main drag paint a portrait of Israel's struggling small businesses.
Brains for sale

Brains for sale

23 September, 2013
Do start-up exits leave behind ‘scorched earth’?
The chosen few

The chosen few

09 September, 2013
How literacy helped the Jews: This new book, The Chosen Few, shows how the Jewish people survived and thrived, until the Iberian Expulsion of 1492, because of Torah study and widespread literacy – It was not anti-Semitism that shaped the Jews’ destiny, but literacy.
65 reasons why Israel tops other countries

65 reasons why Israel tops other countries

24 April, 2013
There are so many areas in which Israel and Israelis excel that even a biased account of them has to impress
Dear Yair

Dear Yair

10 April, 2013
The Hawk vs. Dove debate

The Hawk vs. Dove debate

20 March, 2013
Should the defense budget be cut? Can it be cut? And if so, by how much?
Start-up nation packs its bags

Start-up nation packs its bags

06 March, 2013
Many Israeli startups are choosing to launch in America, rather than in Israel. We must act to keep them at home.
The debilitating brain drain

The debilitating brain drain

25 February, 2013
Israel must find a way to ensure that its brightest minds remain at home rather than seek greener pastures abroad.
Middle class under siege

Middle class under siege

22 February, 2013
Only coins and tadpoles have just a head and a tail; societies, in contrast, can't survive and thrive without something in the middle
21C Hospital Design

21C Hospital Design

01 February, 2013
Neophyte politicos, tried businessmen

Neophyte politicos, tried businessmen

10 January, 2013
Some fresh faces may help revitalize a Knesset that has lost respect and trust among ordinary Israelis.
Ideas from Nature

Ideas from Nature

30 December, 2012
Scientists are drawing inspiration from the natural world, and using what they learn to help solve problems for humans
The tale of the elephant and the mouse

The tale of the elephant and the mouse

17 December, 2012
כדי לחזק את קשריה עם סין, ישראל צריכה למנף את המוניטין שלה בחדשנות ויצירתיות.
Rafael’s guardian angels

Rafael’s guardian angels

28 November, 2012
Defense technology is not solely about mass destruction; it can be about saving lives.
Tycoons in trouble

Tycoons in trouble

30 September, 2012
Threaten Or Deal

Threaten Or Deal

01 September, 2012
The screwed generation

The screwed generation

01 September, 2012
Young Israelis have become increasingly poor, squeezed by rising housing costs and higher taxes.
Warp speed for networks

Warp speed for networks

10 August, 2012
Mellanox hardware can transfer a hundred 2,600-page Encyclopedia Britannica's every second.
Be like Kahlon

Be like Kahlon

26 June, 2012
Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon has had a significant impact on the lives of ordinary Israelis.
BITTER CHOCOLATE

BITTER CHOCOLATE

01 April, 2012
Teamwork 2, Big Bucks 0

Teamwork 2, Big Bucks 0

26 February, 2012
Wheelchair to marathon

Wheelchair to marathon

18 January, 2012
The trick of S & P

The trick of S & P

20 January, 2011
Israel Conqures Space

Israel Conqures Space

20 December, 2010
Blame the Fed

Blame the Fed

11 December, 2010
Mideast Marshall plan

Mideast Marshall plan

06 December, 2010
Whom do we work for?

Whom do we work for?

27 September, 2010
Three Good Things

Three Good Things

05 July, 2010
Stan, Our Go-To Man

Stan, Our Go-To Man

26 April, 2010
Imagine!

Imagine!

12 April, 2010
Social Capital

Social Capital

16 February, 2009
Whose gas is it?

Whose gas is it?

12 December, 1812
It is vital that development of Israel’s gas fields should move ahead rapidly
Kahlon Vs. Flug

Kahlon Vs. Flug

12 December, 1812
The finance minister wants competition, The Bank of Israel governor, stability. Who is right and can we enjoy both?
DO GOOD, DO WELL

DO GOOD, DO WELL

12 December, 1812
Social start-ups are filling the gaps left by shrinking government budgets
The Israeli Way

The Israeli Way

25 August, 2017
DEFYING GRAVITY

DEFYING GRAVITY

28 April, 2017
JERUSALEM OF SILICON

JERUSALEM OF SILICON

17 November, 2016
Candies

Candies

26 November, 2011
Mideast Marshall plan

Mideast-Marshall-plan

06 December, 2010
The big high-tech bang

The big high-tech bang

10 September, 2010
Braking Hard

Braking Hard

26 April, 2010