Dr. Erez Morag, Nike Game Changer and innovation expert, speaks widely around the world, inspiring entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students to use sport science principles to elevate performance through innovation.
There are many similarities between world-class athletes and top business executives. They are competitive, they are willing to work hard to be successful, they are constantly trying to improve their teams, and they always look for a competitive edge. Hence, many of the metaphors used in the boardroom are derived from sports.
Erez Morag explores how principles of sports science can apply to the business world, and how they can help individuals and organizations enhance performance. Erez shares:
– Inspiration from the world’s best athletes to reach excellence
– Sports science principles of guiding peak performance in sports
– Application of these principles to business initiatives
– Personal experience from his work at Nike of applying these principles applied to successful business initiatives
While at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon (1998-2011), Erez contributed to four unprecedented start-ups within the company. He was recruited initially to lead innovation research in the multi-billion dollar global football and women’s fitness industries. After a successful run with product innovations, he founded programs that linked product and business innovation. Two of these programs, Boot Camp and Nike Football+, utilize websites and field events to create football communities in over 25 countries worldwide. Not only do customers get great shoes, they are invited to join an insider club of expertise. With the tag line, “buy world-class boots, access world-class pros,” Boot Camp and Nike Football+ have reached hundreds of thousands of players around the globe.
Dr. Morag earned his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in Exercise and Sports Science. He has received prestigious awards for his scientific work, teaching, and innovation. In addition, he was awarded eight patents since 1998 and he has filed nine additional patents.
Not only an accomplished researcher and intrapreneur, Erez is dynamic and personable, inspiring audiences with his passion for sport and business. His speaking engagements have included Harvard Business School (where his talk has evolved into a case study), Stanford University, the National Football League, Syngenta Corp., and Pipeline 2011 Innovation Conference, where he was the featured speaker.