By Claude A. Piantadosi

ISBN-10: 0231531036

ISBN-13: 9780231531030

Trying to reenergize Americans’ ardour for the distance application, the worth of additional exploration of the Moon, and the significance of people at the ultimate frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi provides a wealthy historical past of yankee house exploration and its significant achievements. He emphasizes the significance of reclaiming nationwide command of our manned application and carrying on with our unmanned house missions, and he stresses the various adventures that also wait for us within the unfolding universe. Acknowledging area exploration’s useful and monetary stumbling blocks, Piantadosi demanding situations us to revitalize American management in area exploration which will attain its medical bounty. Piantadosi explains why area exploration, an enthralling tale of ambition, invention, and discovery, is additionally more and more tricky and why area specialists regularly appear to disagree. He argues that the way forward for the gap application calls for merging the practicalities of exploration with the restrictions of human biology. area technology offers with the unknown, and the margin (and price range) for errors is small. deadly near-vacuum stipulations, lethal cosmic radiation, microgravity, sizeable distances, and hugely scattered assets stay mammoth actual difficulties. To forge forward, the US must improve cheap house transportation and versatile exploration concepts dependent in sound technology. Piantadosi closes with feedback for attaining those pursuits, combining his fit skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable trust in space’s untapped—and completely worthwhile—potential.

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Advice for Executives ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● Accept this rule of thumb: Innovate or go out of business. Your firm does not always need to be a technology leader, but it does need to change as environments change. Let people know that the status quo will destroy the company sooner or later. Explain why. You may find useful explanations in this book. Know individually and interactively how technology, product, and industry life cycles work. You will probably never see one in perfect form but if you know what to look for, you should be able to make strategic sense of an otherwise chaotic environment.

In frameworks such as the five forces model and the resource-based view, technology is often an important focus as implied by variables such as intellectual proprietary rights and the ­appropriation of rents to innovation. However, underlying economic assumptions about equilibration are generally mainstream, not Schumpeterian strictly speaking. Implications are largely ­concerned with managing growth, maturation, and decline—not proactive recreation (Hayes & Wheelwright, 1988; Howard & Moore, 1988; Moore, 1988; von Hippel, 1988).

Breaking rules is one thing, ­managing risks is another—the latter being a matter of professional skill. ●● Axiom 2: Do whatever it takes to make your idea work regardless of what your job ­description says. Let and encourage project team members to take risks, not break rules unless the firm’s overall culture allows it. Corporate culture is a manageable variable but not in the short term. Lasting changes to culture happen very slowly and then, with great difficulty and no assurance of success.

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