Katz Aims to Build More Bridges With Businesses at Institute


Professor Michael Katz has ambitious goals for the Haas School’s Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization (IMIO).

Katz became the second director in IMIO’s 25-year history on July 1. He envisions the institute -- which will be renamed the Institute of Business Innovation – becoming the central hub, or one-stop shop, that connects Haas School faculty and students with the private sector.

“I want the outside world to better understand how much Haas is doing and let people from the outside have a single point of contact so they’ll know where to go within Haas to talk to various experts or seek help with some business problem,” Katz explains.

As director of the institute, Katz oversees ten centers and programs, including the Management of Technology program, a joint program with Berkeley’s College of Engineering; the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and the Center for Open Innovation.

Katz believes there’s opportunity for the centers to share more of their contacts and ideas and “cross-sell” programs.

In addition, Katz sees a huge opportunity to duplicate the success of the Management of Technology program through more collaboration with life sciences departments on campus and the Bay Area’s large biotech industry.

Katz, a member of the Haas faculty since 1987, had been on leave to teach at NYU’s Stern School of Business for the past two years. He is an expert in network economics and antitrust and regulatory policy.


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