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Guest lecture: Prof Calie Pistorius
Author: Prof Saartjie Grobbelaar
Published: 01/09/2017

On 11 September, Prof Calie Pistorius will deliver a lecture on Technological innovation: Managing the strategic business impact, opportunities and risks presented by emerging technologies.

The lecture will address the management of technological innovation from the viewpoint of the strategic impact, risks, opportunities and threats presented by the dynamics of technological change – particularly emerging technologies. The lecture will explore how the dynamics of technological change create strategic business opportunities and risks, and how this could be managed as part of an innovation strategy. A number of emerging technologies will be discussed as brief case studies.

Date: 11 September 2017 

Time: 13:00 to 14:00

Venue: Room 301, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Building

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​Biography of Prof C.W.I Pistorius

Prof Calie Pistorius, an Extraordinary Professor in the SU Faculty of Engineering, recently established DeltaHedron Ltd, a UK-based business consultancy firm with a global reach specialising in the management of technological innovation. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull (Sep 2009-Jan 2017) and former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (Aug 2001-Aug 2009). He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (Jan 2000-Jul 2001), Director of the Institute of Technological Innovation (Oct 1994-Aug 1998) and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Sep 1989-Sep 1994) at Pretoria; and is a former member and Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) in South Africa.

Prof Pistorius obtained the degree BSc (Eng) (cum laude) in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1979 and the degree BEng (Hons) (cum laude) in electronic engineering from the same university in 1981. He obtained an MS degree in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in the U.S. in 1984, a PhD degree in electrical engineering also from the Ohio State University in 1986, and a master's degree in the Management of Technology (SM) from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1994. He is also an alumnus Harvard Business School, having completed the AMP in 2003.

Prof Pistorius has published widely both nationally and internationally and has more than 100 academic publications to his credit, including a co-authored text book which was awarded the Bill Venter prize. He has received numerous awards and prizes including a Presidential (P) rating from the NRF, the prize for the best PhD dissertation from the ElectroScience Laboratory at the Ohio State University and a Centennial Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Pretoria.