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NanoInnovation What Every Manager Needs to Know von Tomczyk, Michael (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 25.08.2014
  • Verlag: Wiley-VCH
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The innovative, easy-to-read guide to the 'nanoscale revolution', this book provides essential knowledge of nanotechnology and clearly explains the fundamentals of nanomaterials and properties. Written by a technology pioneer, the book shows feasible strategies for managers in nanotech companies, including how to communicate with nanotech engineers and developers, coupled with examples of emerging technologies and innovations. A level-headed discussion of critical issues for decision makers and stakeholders rounds off the contents. The result is a vivid, yet realistic look at nanotechnology, providing orientation in the nanoworld: major lines of research, key players in R&D, as well as social, economic and political issues. Michael Tomczyk is one of the world?s leading authorities on nanoinnovation. For more than 16 years he served as managing director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School, the leading academic center studying best practices and strategies for managing technological innovation. He is a Founding Strategic Advisor at the Nanotechnology Research Foundation, and serves on the senior leadership of the IEEE/IEC committee developing standards for the use of nanotechnology in electronics. As a technologist, Michael is best known for his role in the development of the first home computers (at Commodore) in the 1980s. He holds master?s degrees in business (UCLA) and environmental studies (University of Pennsylvania). Michael has written more than 150 articles on business strategy and innovation. He writes and speaks extensively on the impact of emerging technologies on industries and markets, and is a passionate innovation champion.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 325
    Erscheinungsdatum: 25.08.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783527650064
    Verlag: Wiley-VCH
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I am extremely grateful to the many nano-insiders who devoted time to participate in interviews, discuss their research, share their personal stories, and read portions of my book to ensure I "got it right." Many nano-insiders generously provided referrals and introductions to colleagues who allowed me to expand my network of nanotech professionals in science, business, government, and media.

I especially want to thank Michael Terlaak, founder of the Nanotechnology Research Foundation in San Diego, who provided referrals to numerous colleagues at the beginning of my research. This helped jump-start the interview process. Lynn Foster also opened his contact network to me and provided some excellent insights. My friend and colleague Brent Segal, cofounder of Nantero, provided a wonderful entree to critical issues in nanotechnology – by inviting me in 2007 to help organize and serve on the senior leadership of the IEEE/IEC project developing standards for the use of nanomaterials in electronics.

Several university colleagues at the Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania played an important role in my "academic development." I want to thank Jerry Wind, Saikat Chaudhuri, and the Mack Institute's Core Group for giving me an informed vantage point on a wide array of emerging technologies during my more than 18 years at the Wharton School. I joined Wharton in 1995 to help launch the Emerging Technologies Management Program, which in 2001 became the Mack Center for Technological Innovation and in 2013 became the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. Throughout these changes I was privileged to provide managerial leadership as Managing Director, which kept me thinking constantly about radical innovations including nanotechnology.

I started writing this book while studying for my master's degree in environmental studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The research methodologies I learned during my graduate studies were immensely valuable. Yvette Bordeaux, who chaired the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania, helped me tailor my graduate studies to include nanotechnology in my curriculum, including a superb course on nanotechnology taught by Dr. Jody Roberts from the Chemical Heritage Society. My graduate advisor Stan Laskowski was extremely helpful and supportive.

I'm especially grateful to my editors at Wiley-VCH: Heike Noethe, my terrifically patient and absolutely awesome editor, and Martin Preuss who championed the book when I first presented the concept and got me started on the project. Dr. Noethe was patient, encouraging, generous, professional, constantly enthusiastic, and supportive. As an author, I couldn't ask for a better editor/publisher.

Having started my career as a journalist, I greatly appreciated the availability of Google, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Gmail, and other tools that gave me instant access to emerging innovations and allowed me to contact virtually any nano-insider I wanted to interview, including some of the world's leading scientists and business leaders.

My mega-thanks and gratitude go to the more than 150 nanotechnology insiders who participated in interviews and provided information, insights, and images, graciously sharing their experiences to help make this book accurate, relevant, and "real." Many of these pioneers and champions have already made tremendous contributions to the field of nanotechnology, and continue to help drive nanoinnovation forward. Others are toiling 24/7 in laboratories and offices to turn possibilities into solutions. Their enthusiastic participation in this book project allowed me to include observations and opinions that can only come from insiders who truly know what's really happening in nanoinnovation. I also want to thank those who provided or facilitated the use of the images and diagrams included

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