The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech
Author: Gary P. Pisano
Pubpsher: Harvard Business Press
Category: Business & Economics
Why has the biotechnology industry failed to perform up to expectations? This book attempts to answer this question by providing a critique of the industry. It reveals the causes of biotech's problems and offers an analysis on how the industry works. It also provides prescriptions for companies, seeking ways to improve the industry's performance.
Release on 2011-12-27 | by Frank Birkin,Thomas Polesie
Epistemes, Science, Business and Sustainability
Author: Frank Birkin,Thomas Polesie
Pubpsher: World Scientific
Sustainable development sets the agenda for the 21st century. Human technological capability and needs mean that nature is and will be challenged and damaged in many ways. Whilst many social and technological innovations are being made to improve our survival prospects, they are likely to be insufficient to avoid continued social and ecological stress and the prospect of global tension if significant changes do not come about. The ideas in this book offer a new solution to sustainable development problems. They are concerned not with what we know but how we know, or rather how we order knowledge and create understanding in the human world. This book shows that some of the fundamental practices that shape modern society, especially in the business world, are the unwitting cause of unsustainable development. By extrapolating the epistemic analysis of Michel Foucault, a major social scientist, this book identifies a new episteme. It outlines a new way of ordering knowledge that better serves sustainable development. This pioneering book synthesizes the sciences of human and natural worlds and applies the findings to the creation of sustainable business models and equitable lifestyles for all. Contents:Approach:Just BusinessNatural MomentumAccounting ConstructionsOpen SocietiesModern Times:Passive NatureModern KnowledgeSquare-Peg BusinessPrimal Knowledge:Breaking FreeThe Primal EpistemePrimal WisdomPrimal BusinessConsequences:Resistance & Assistance Readership: Graduate students in sustainable business, CSR and environmental sciences; social and natural scientists; business professionals and accountants. Keywords:Sustainable Business;Epistemes;Sustainability;Business and Society;Science and Society;FoucaultKey Features:Refreshing concept and approach to sustainable developmentIntegrates sustainable technology and lifestylesNew episteme for sustainable developmentReviews: “This story of a journey of discovery has to be one of the most original books of recent times. Presented as an account of one person's interrogation of the assumptions that lead to unsustainable behaviour, this erudite, readable, and never less than fascinating book marks a turning point in business thinking. Dive in, look around, and enjoy!” Professor Andrew Dobson Keele University, UK “This fascinating book takes us on a journey of thinking which can help us from doing accounting as ‘just business’, to doing it as part of a newly ‘Just Business’ where sustainable development will be simply accepted as something intrinsic. The book takes strength from Michel Foucault's idea of different human eras having systematically different ways of thinking and so forming different knowledge ‘epistemes’. The journey the authors then take is towards thinking an epistemic change, so far barely glimpsed, which would render such new ways of doing accounting and business ‘simply there’. Such journeys in thinking matter since, as Foucault observed elsewhere, thought should be understood as the very form of action: and given that, as he saw, power is only ever exercised as action on the actions of others, serious thinking action such as this can prove strategically central to the exercising of power's action in ways as yet unanticipated. Thus was it ever that a power, currently ‘inexorable’, proves suddenly and irrevocably fragile and forgettable.” Keith Hoskin Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK “This is a book that takes on board one of the most important issue of today's world; how we can do and think business differently in order to avoid the devastating ecological and human consequences that seem to follow in its wake. It is an ambitious task that the authors set out to undertake but I am obliged to say they have succeeded in their exploration. They argue that the possible solution lays much closer than we realise: within us and how we know. The argument is laid out with an unconventional style of storytelling where personal details about the authors' own situated knowledge journeys, and their interactions with a Chinese PhD student of one of them, are interwoven with philosophically based analysis of the order of things today. This interweaving makes the book both engaging and interesting as it invites the reader to ‘know differently’. It is more than just interesting; it is very inspiring to see how Michel Foucault's ideas and theorizing from The Order of Things (1977) have been brought to bear to help construct a history not just of the present but of a possible future. Being positive about the book does not mean that I am fully in agreement with the authors or their interpretations at all points, nor that I am not concerned about what they have excluded. But the book does what it sets out to do, and very successfully too. To me the important thing is that we should be taking on board this difficult topic and making space for discussions that can lead to the possibility, for each one of us who reads or talks about this book, of knowing and enacting sustainability differently. Today we have a major task before us, in seeking to include sustainability across all levels of business education. I think this book makes a major contribution to the much-needed task of trying to change what we teach and learn as we struggle with how to think and do business.” Ann-Christine Frandsen Senior Lecturer in Accounting Essex Business School, Essex University, UK “In recent decades, the responsibilities of producers, sorting, incineration and hazardous waste management have been regulated. This has created a general consensus in favour of recycling … The Stena Metall Group had a favourable position and to move into sustainable business in the 1980s using innovative solutions, the Group now converts waste from its customers into commodities of value. It is natural for us to support the ideas about intrinsic sustainability that are explored in this book.” John Lindkvist Vice CEO, Stena Mettal, Gothenburg “… this is one of the most unusual, surprising and, indeed, stimulating books that it has been my pleasure to read in recent years … if you have any pretentions to becoming any kind of decent scholar in social and environmental accounting, I suggest to get hold of a copy of this and spend at least a little time in the company of an honest, brave and intellectually ambitious piece of work.” (see full review)Journal of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting (CSEAR)
Release on 2012-09-26 | by James Aronson,Suzanne J. Milton,James N. Blignaut
Science, Business, and Practice
Author: James Aronson,Suzanne J. Milton,James N. Blignaut
Pubpsher: Island Press
How can environmental degradation be stopped? How can it be reversed? And how can the damage already done be repaired? The authors of this volume argue that a two-pronged approach is needed: reducing demand for ecosystem goods and services and better management of them, coupled with an increase in supply through environmental restoration. Restoring Natural Capital brings together economists and ecologists, theoreticians, practitioners, policy makers, and scientists from the developed and developing worlds to consider the costs and benefits of repairing ecosystem goods and services in natural and socioecological systems. It examines the business and practice of restoring natural capital, and seeks to establish common ground between economists and ecologists with respect to the restoration of degraded ecosystems and landscapes and the still broader task of restoring natural capital. The book focuses on developing strategies that can achieve the best outcomes in the shortest amount of time as it: • considers conceptual and theoretical issues from both an economic and ecological perspective • examines specific strategies to foster the restoration of natural capital and offers a synthesis and a vision of the way forward Nineteen case studies from around the world illustrate challenges and achievements in setting targets, refining approaches to finding and implementing restoration projects, and using restoration of natural capital as an economic opportunity. Throughout, contributors make the case that the restoration of natural capital requires close collaboration among scientists from across disciplines as well as local people, and when successfully executed represents a practical, realistic, and essential tool for achieving lasting sustainable development.
Release on 2014-03-21 | by Alberto Onetti,Antonella Zucchella
Creating Value and Competitive Advantage with the Milestone Bridge
Author: Alberto Onetti,Antonella Zucchella
Category: Business & Economics
Most books on the biotechnology industry focus on scientific and technological challenges, ignoring the entrepreneurial and managerial complexities faced bio-entrepreneurs. The Business Models for Life Science Firms aims to fill this gap by offering managers in this rapid growth industry the tools needed to design and implement an effective business model customized for the unique needs of research intensive organizations. Onetti and Zucchella begin by unpacking the often-used ‘business model’ term, examining key elements of business model conceptualization and offering a three tier approach with a clear separation between the business model and strategy: focus, exploring the different activities carried out by the organization; locus, evaluating where organizational activities are centered; and modus, testing the execution of the organization’s activities. The business model thus defines the unique way in which a company delivers on its promise to its customers. The theory and applications adopt a global approach, offering business cases from a variety of biotech companies around the world.
Master decision modeling and analytics through realistic examples, intuitive explanations, and tested Excel templates. Business Analytics with Management Science has been designed to help students, practitioners and managers use business analytics to improve decision-making systems. Unlike previous books, it emphasizes the application of practical management science techniques in business analytics. Drawing on 20+ years of teaching and consulting experience, Dr. Arben Asllani introduces decision analytics through realistic examples and intuitive explanations – not complex formulae and theoretical definitions. Throughout, Asllani helps practitioners focus more on the crucial input-output aspects of decision making – and less upon internal model complexities that can usually be "delegated" to software.
Release on 1999-08-24 | by Derek G. Springham,Vivian Moses,Ronald E. Cape
Author: Derek G. Springham,Vivian Moses,Ronald E. Cape
Pubpsher: CRC Press
Biotechnology has not stood still since 1991 when the first edition of Biotechnology - The Science and the Business was published. It was the first book to treat the science and business of technology as an integrated subject and was well received by both students and business professionals. All chapters in this second edition have been updated and revised and some new chapters have been introduced, including one on the use of molecular genetic techniques in forensic science. Experts in the field discuss a range of biotechnologies, including pesticides, the flavor and fragrance industry, oil production, fermentation and protein engineering. On the business side, subjects include managing, financing, and regulation of biotechnology. Some knowledge of the science behind the technologies is assumed, as well as a layperson's view of buying and selling. As with the first edition, it is expected that this book will be of interest to biotechnology undergraduates, postgraduates and those working in the industry, along with students of business, economics, intellectual property law and communications.
Over the past decade, impressive results have been achieved in targeting the mechanisms and pathways of aging. Solomon considers these scientific studies by exploring the principal biomedical and anti-aging techniques. In this book, he considers cutting-edge research on mental enhancements and assesses the scientific doubts of skeptics.