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From Science to Business

How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

Palgrave Macmillan


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In today's knowledge-based society universities and firms must learn to engage more effectively. Universities focus on generating new knowledge, while firms are increasingly drawing on external collaborations to add value to their offerings. This book shows managers how to work with universities to boost their competitive position and revenue.


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'Managers will find numerous information and ideas in this remarkable book on how to best tap into universities' knowledge and technology, in order to help develop their business and create new ones. The book definitely fills a gap on an issue that is a high priority in most countries. Furthermore, it is very clearly written and very relevant to practitioners. A must read!' - Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Infosys, Bangalore.

'This book is inspiring for those who are committed to contributing to a more sustainable world! All elements of Open Innovation are explained and illustrated extremely well with numerous examples, making clear that the business center of gravity is clearly shifting East (China,Taiwan, Singapore, India). The new data and very convincing material as gathered from the BRIC countries is a kind of wake-up call for anyone active in R&D, Innovation or Technology Transfer.' - Robert Kirschbaum, Vice President Innovation of DSM, The Netherlands

'From Science to Business is one of the most comprehensive books on university-industry relationships as it exists throughout the world. An interesting read!' - Katharine Ku, Director Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University, USA

'This book is invaluable in defining how to make the linkage between firms and Universities more effective. More than ever, our world needs systemic innovations to make it more sustainable and this linkage constitutes one of the key elements in this process. Readers of this most insightful book will find much food for thought in this area.' - Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of the Institute of Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. and former President of the University of Tokyo

About the authors

DR GEORGES HAOUR is Professor of Technology & Innovation Management. He also acts as an adviser to firms and organizations in his area of value-creation through effective management of the innovation process, as well as commercialization of technology. He has 8 patents, 90 publications and three books on innovation and technology commercialization. Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Haour was a manager at Battelle, in Geneva, where, for nine years, he led a business unit carrying out innovation projects on behalf of companies in Europe, Japan and the USA.  He holds a Master of Sciences from ENSCP - Higher School of Chemistry, France and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto, Canada.

LAURENT MIEVILLE is Director of Unitec, the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Laurent Miéville completed a Ph.D. at the University of Geneva. He spent the next three years in the US, first at Stanford University as group leader, and then at a young start-up company, Conductus. He is immediate past president of the European Association of Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP) and co-founder of the Swiss Technology Transfer Association (SWITT) as well as member of the American Association of University Technology Transfer Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES). He is also one the first technology transfer professionals to be certified at the international level as 'Certified Licensing Professional'. 

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Hardcover Book USD 79.99
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