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It's Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business

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Why we are on the cusp of a new economic era that will make the changes and challenges of the Information Era seem like child’s play

From the bestselling authors of Blur—a defining book of the Information Age—comes a startling glimpse into the near future and the emerging economy that awaits us. It’s Alive foretells the jolt the world is about to receive as the science of molecular evolution races out of the laboratories and into the business world.

Think back to the early 1970s. Imagine the opportunities for your business, career choice, and investments had you received an advance report on the ways in which computer and information technology would revolutionize the world. It’s Alive provides that opportunity today: a realistic and persuasive look into the future—the molecular economy—and how it is starting to overtake and reshape the Information Age. Today’s gene mapping and molecular engineering are equivalent to the introduction of transistor radios at the advent of the information economy. Solid-state technology moved from the labs into the business arena, providing in turn the transistor, the microprocessor, and the modem—and the information business. During the next ten years, molecular technology will follow the same pattern, moving from the lab and into the basic operation of the corporation itself.

Chris Meyer and Stan Davis are our guides in understanding this new future. They show that not only biological systems evolve. The rules of evolution help explain the process of change in biology, business, and the economy, thereby providing a management guide to the business world around the corner.

It’s Alive is not science fiction or futurism. It bases its insights and predictions on the impact the molecular economy is already having in such diverse business environments as manufacturing, financial services, and energy. Through in-depth case studies of Capital One Financial, the U.S. Marine Corps, British Petroleum, and the biotech firm Maxygen, Meyer and Davis show how adaptive behavior works in the real world. As the rules of evolution combine with the connected economy, our business world will become unpredictable, volatile, and continually adaptive—in other words, alive.

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Predicts a future blending of biology and information technology that will result in new products and services, profiling a world of artificial intelligence and an evolving competitive business environment to which today's executives and entrepreneurs must adapt for professional survival. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A glimpse into the near future--the molecular economy--and how it is starting to overtake and reshape the Information Age. Today's gene mapping and molecular engineering are equivalent to the introduction of transistor radios at the advent of the information economy. Solid-state technology moved from the labs into the business arena, providing in turn the transistor, the microprocessor, and the modem--and the information business. During the next ten years, molecular technology will follow the same pattern, moving from the lab and into the basic operation of the corporation itself. The authors show that not only biological systems evolve--the rules of evolution help explain the process of change in biology, business, and the economy, thereby providing a management guide to the business world around the corner.--From publisher description.

About the Author

Christopher Meyer is the director of the Center for Business Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a business research and consulting group supported by Adventis and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. He is also a founder of the BIOS Group, a firm created to develop adaptive software solutions for management, and the coauthor (with Stan Davis) of <b>Blur and Future Wealth.

Stan Davis is an independent Boston-based scholar, consultant, and public speaker and a senior fellow of the Center for Business Innovation. He is the author of Future Perfect and coauthor of 2020 Vision.

Table of Contents

pt. 1: The next ten years. Economic evolution : learning from life cycles — pt. 2: Code is code. General evolution : learning from nature ; Biology and the world of molecules ; Information and the world of bits — pt. 3: The adaptive enterprise. Adaptative management ; Seed, select, and amplify at Capital One ; Breeding early and often at the U.S. Marine Corps ; Creating the capacity to respond at BP ; Born adaptive at Maxygen ; Becoming an adaptive enterprise — pt. 4: Convergence. The adjacent possible.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400050390
Subtitle:
The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business
Publisher:
Crown Business
Author:
Meyer, Christopher
Author:
Davis, Stanley M.
Author:
Davis, Stan
Author:
Christopher Meyer and Stan Davis
Author:
Meyer, Chris
Subject:
Information Management
Subject:
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Business cycles
Subject:
Social Aspects
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
Business & Economics-Information Management
Subject:
Technology-Social Aspects
Subject:
Business & Economics : Information Management
Subject:
Technology : Social Aspects
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Social Aspects
Subject:
Business & Economics : Management - General
Subject:
Business & Economics : Decision Making & Problem Solving
Subject:
Life cycles
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2003
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
275

Related Subjects

Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
Business » Small Businesses » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » Information
History and Social Science » Economics » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General

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Product details 275 pages Crown Business - English 9781400050390 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Predicts a future blending of biology and information technology that will result in new products and services, profiling a world of artificial intelligence and an evolving competitive business environment to which today's executives and entrepreneurs must adapt for professional survival. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A glimpse into the near future--the molecular economy--and how it is starting to overtake and reshape the Information Age. Today's gene mapping and molecular engineering are equivalent to the introduction of transistor radios at the advent of the information economy. Solid-state technology moved from the labs into the business arena, providing in turn the transistor, the microprocessor, and the modem--and the information business. During the next ten years, molecular technology will follow the same pattern, moving from the lab and into the basic operation of the corporation itself. The authors show that not only biological systems evolve--the rules of evolution help explain the process of change in biology, business, and the economy, thereby providing a management guide to the business world around the corner.--From publisher description.
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