IAMOT 2016
15-19 May 2016
25th Annual IAMOT Conference

Message from IAMOT President

Dear IAMOT Conference Attendees,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the 25th annual conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) in fun filled Orlando.

Since it was founded about 25 years ago, IAMOT has been a unique organization that is multidisciplinary, multicultural and international. This combination of characteristics makes it a particularly valuable association for academicians and technology professionals. The multidisciplinary and international characteristics provide an opportunity for academic collaborations on research problems that transcend academic and national boundaries. The multicultural characteristic promotes an understanding of the application and management of technology in different cultural contexts and how these differences can be a source of economic and organizational strength instead of potential conflicts.

The theme of this conference is “Technology – Future Thinking” The Industrial Revolution of the late 18 and 19th centuries transformed the world. Technology is transforming the world at a rate that is believed to be 10 times faster, 300 times the scale and about 3000 times the impact of the Industrial Revolution. It is difficult to comprehend and predict the full magnitude and speed of these technological disruptions because of their interactions and the second and third-order effects that occur.

It is often said that the man who relies on the seat of his pants to predict the future may soon lose his shirt. We have never had more data and information available to us but our ability to forecast the future based on extrapolating recent experiences, assumptions, tendencies and habits has become more challenging and less reliable. This is what makes the theme of this conference quite exciting and timely. In this conference, you will have the opportunity to listen to and share with your colleagues from several countries who conduct research or practice in the field of the Management of Technology (MOT)

I want to express my gratitude on behalf of IAMOT to the members of the conference local planning committee under the leadership of Professor Yasser Hosni, Ms Silvia Rodriguez of IAMOT office in Miami, Ms Heloisa Siffert, the conference web master, Professor Leon Pretorius, Dr George Thopil, Ms Mariette Stirk and Ms Marlene Mulder of the University of Pretoria for their hard work in making this a very successful program.

Finally, I want to invite those of you who are attending the IAMOT conference for the first time or who are not members to consider becoming permanent members of the association. Your registration at this conference includes a membership fee for one year and you can continue to be members by renewing your membership when it is due.                    

John O. Ajé, D.Sc.
President, IAMOT
Thomas Edison State University
Trenton, NJ, USA