Zeljko Tekic is Assistant Professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow. He is a passionate teacher, researcher and startup mentor. His research and teaching evolves around topics of intellectual property, startups and open innovation.
Zeljko is a member of Skoltech’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with teaching experience in entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, innovation and technology management on bachelor, master and PhD level. Before his appointment at Skoltech, Zeljko was an assistant professor at Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Novi Sad, where he earned his PhD in Engineering Management. He also holds MSc in Entrepreneurship from University of Nottingham and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Novi Sad. He was postdoctoral scholar at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart and at Freie Universität Berlin. More recently, he was visiting researcher and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US.
His teaching is interactive and based on laboratory for ideas concept he developed few years ago. Using this concept, he builds partnerships with companies and individuals around the world engaging them, together with students in his classroom in open innovation projects. For the excellence in teaching, Zeljko was recognized and awarded at both universities he worked at – University of Novi Sad and Skoltech. He also teaches executive courses and gives workshops to companies.
Zeljko has published over 30 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. His research interest evolves around topics at the interplay of digital transformation, open innovation and startups formation. Recently he started a new research focused on how artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionizing innovation management. In this project, together with his international partners, he is interested to understand how far AI and ML could improve innovation management and what kind of innovation tasks could be assisted by machines. Zeljko has successful track record in developing, winning and managing European (FP7, H2020 and TEMPUS) projects.
Zeljko is an enthusiastic mentor and advisor of early stage startups. He worked with several teams from Skoltech and other parts of the world helping them to test hypothesis and validate business model.
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Selected presentations at International Conferences
I believe that students are very good at solving problems. My task is to inspire them to recognize problems.
I teach because I am fascinated by the opportunity to inspire and provoke development of young and talented people. I see education as a cultivation of curiosity, development of creativity as well as teaching of skills that enable students to turn their ideas into action. My ultimate teaching goal goes beyond delivering knowledge; I strive to influence students to utilize their own potential based on the knowledge and skills provided in my courses.
My teaching is energized through the exchange and interaction with students. That is why I am using Socratic method – constantly posing questions to the students to stimulate discussion. At the same time, to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas I try to make my classroom an environment where all the students feel safe to venture a response, make a comment or ask a question. I especially encourage answers which oppose to dominant logic or questions that sound trivial or “wrong” to the majority. I believe that the key to being a good teacher of entrepreneurship and innovation is to get the students challenge the common wisdom and best practices, get them involved and engaged in their education, and excited about possibility to create something new.
ФИО: Текич Желько
Занимаемая должность (должности): Старший Преподаватель
Преподаваемые дисциплины: Технология предпринимательства
Ученая степень: Доктор технических наук, 2013, Новый Сад, Сербия
Ученое звание (при наличии): нет
Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: Технические науки
Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке (при наличии): нет
Общий стаж работы: 7 лет
Стаж работы по специальности: 7 лет