Karol Pelc: Innovator and Technology Strategist

Before coming to Michigan Tech in 1985, Karol Pelc worked for electric power industry as an engineer, project leader and R&D manager. At the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, he lectured on production and R&D management. He was the founder and director of the Forecasting Research Center at that university. He has also served as international consultant in R&D and engineering management.

Karol Pelc
Karol Pelc

During his years at Michigan Tech, Dr. Pelc taught several courses related to engineering/technology management such as economics of technological change, management of technology, project management and international technology management. In 2001, he became co-founder and the first director of the Center for Technological Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship CenTILE. He also initiated and organized the Entrepreneurs and Inventors Club of Michigan Tech. Since the 1990’s, he has been conducting research on technology strategies in Japanese industry, and on knowledge mapping theories and methods. He published actively in academic and professional journals. In 2004, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the International Association for Management of Technology for being the most prolific author in the domain of technology innovation management.

After retiring from Michigan Tech in 2005, as a professor emeritus Dr. Pelc continues to be active in research, teaching and consulting. In the fall of 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. In 2006, he served as Fulbright Professor of technology systems management at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. In 2008, he presented a lecture series on global innovation networks for the International Business and Technology Management Program at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. In the years 2006 – 2008, he was a visiting lecturer of production and technology management at the Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland (formerly L. K. Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management). Dr. Pelc has also continued to teach graduate courses at Michigan Tech during the summer terms (2006-2009).

His publications in the recent years (2005 – 2009) include the book Innovation and Technology Strategy published in Poland (2008), coauthored by W. Kasprzak, chapters contributed to three other books, and several publications in refereed journals such as Transformations (2008), International Journal of Technology Management (2005) and jointly with A. B . Jambekar in Team Peformance Management (2007) and Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (2006). Dr. Pelc has also been actively involved in editorial work and served as guest editor for the International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies (2009), and International Journal of Technology Management (2005).

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