My interests and style were strongly influenced by where I was born, raised, and educated. I was born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York; educated in Brooklyn Technical High School, the Colorado School of Mines (Geology), and Harvard Business School (Doctorate in the Management of Science and Technology). I’ve spent most of my career as a Professor of Management at several universities; mostly at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University (now an Emeritus Professor of Management). My contributions include service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce and some 75 publications. I am happily married to Gloria Peez Wolek and we are proud of our four children and four grandchildren. I divide my time equally between homes in Florida (Stuart) and Philadelphia (Shannondell at Valley Forge).
This book is about innovation by the federal government (USDA's Agricultural Research Service). The book is about the success of government in innovation, the reasons it works so well at ARS, and lessons for everyone committed to innovation.
This book gives data on cooperatively funded R&D by industry in the United States; size (average = $125 million), industrial focus (non-technology intensive fields), mission (improving existing technology), and value (benefits justify costs). The book gives a set of Non-obvious Principles for managing Cooperative Innovation.