ECITD Departments & research groups

ECITD is a vibrant hub of innovation with wide international connections that offers support in innovation, technology development and relevant policies and strategies. ECITD strategic investment in new staff has resulted in a comprehensive portfolio of experts in high-growth, international, social and diversity entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurial and strategic management, leadership and networking. Taking part in national and international research groups help to ensure that our research is evidence-based, useful, and impactful for business leaders and policy makers. Our teams are increasingly gaining recognition as a leading center for technology management, entrepreneurship, and economic geography research, with a special commitment to improve policies, strategies and policy-related analysis.

Technology development department

The technology development department focuses on indigenous technology mapping and analysis, assessment of product development projects, analysis of skills acquisition and performing specialized technology roadmaps in addition to innovation foresight and tech-based risk assessment. The department operational plan 2020 includes the following pillars:

  • Integrative approach for enabling technologies in healthcare and biomedicine

  • Leveraging new technologies to generate new data and support emerging technologies i.e personalized medicine, precision medicine

  • Entrepreneurial networking, social capital & society

  • Seizing the opportunities of environmental digital technologies

  • Exploitation of existing R&D outputs in Energy water nexus and Energy Transition

  • Technology audit, localisation and technology transfer

  • Digital technologies and their adoption by local firms

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Management science and application management

We engage in a range of methodological approaches to research including both qualitative and quantitative methods. Our interests are in providing holistic decision support and developing approaches to problem structuring, model development, data analysis, model inference and decision support. At the most conceptual level, we're exploring the fundamentals of knowledge, problems, creativity, intuition, levels of expertise, risk, perception of risk, and subjective probabilities. We do most of our work in applied contexts, structuring problems and modelling expert knowledge in order to support decision makers and decision takers in their organisations. Our research also serve as basis for developing a number of applications used for knowledge modelling. Our main focused areas are:

  • Health systems and healthcare

  • Technology management in Environment, Food, Energy and Water

  • Knowledge management and research systems

  • Operations and supply chain management

  • Risks and uncertainty

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Public private partnerships research

The region's economic performance and social progress have always been at the heart of the ECITD's research mandate. As public and private efforts to promote economic growth and social progress depend on effective governance instruments and a well-functioning Public-Private Partnership, our research also addresses these important underpinnings of sound public policy.

  • Solutions for investing in technological projects and exchange of expertise among the organizations

  • Increased feasibility of the projects/programs and development of monitoring mechanism

  • Enhanced transparency and accountability

  • Promotion of novel cross-linked models for cost-effectiveness, higher productivity and efficiency- through performance optimization

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Social innovation and Socioeconomic development department

ECITD’s research group for Socioeconomic development contributes to informed debate through rigorous, relevant and reliable research. We aim to be recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence for research and knowledge exchange in the disciplines of social innovation and social policy. We're contributing to academic debates through the publication of internationally-recognised research outputs and help to shape the future direction of research in the these disciplines. The department's working groups performed several studies in big data implications, new concepts for mitigating brain-drain in Africa in addition to the analysis of policy implications in priority areas; Health and Environment.

Our work is organised under the four broad headings of:

  • Governance and responsible innovation

  • Health & wellbeing

  • Social innovation and social enterprises

  • Education, entrepreneurship and Youth

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cluster management: Capacities and growth

ECITD capacities and growth department aim to not just maintain the economic progress of existing clusters, but also to create favorable ground for undertaking entrepreneurial profitable ventures. Its activities based on associating and supporting member institutions towards effective investment cooperation. ECITD and its affiliate partners in the region have ample expertise in management of innovation clusters with a track-record in bringing together enterprises that are operating in the same area and dealing with similar business issues as well as R&D institutions. We utilize this proximity to increase production efficiency, get access to highly-qualified human force, as well as combining competences and resources for carrying out joint ventures

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Innovation policy group

The ECITD’s innovation policy group is considered as a dynamic think tank providing thought leadership and policy solutions. Innovation policy research at ECITD aims to improve the understanding of the innovation process in the economy from a demand-pull, firm-centered perspective and the policy implications. The contribution of ECITD teams in past years focused on the demand for innovation, the role of several actors in facilitating this demand and the development of innovation toolkits and manuals.

  • The role of clusters, networks and innovation ecosystems

  • The role of the intellectual property regime in improving gains from innovation

  • Innovation processes and dynamics in key sectors of the economy

  • Intellectual property protection and innovation performance

  • Shifting the focus of innovation policies from the supply side to the demand side

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policy options Department

The department of policy-options focuses on policies that influence overall economic growth, employment and investment. The department issues several strategies and policy-mix reviews while following evidence-based approach in building agile roadmaps and assessment of reform measures.

  • Assessing ongoing and emerging changes in skill supply/demand and the nature of work

  • Adapting the national skills policy framework to the dynamic of labor market context

  • Enhancing productivity and skills through employer-sponsored training

  • Impact of policies and strategies on the state of technological development

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