Career Imprints: Creating Leaders Across An Industry

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"Monica Higgins' groundbreaking work, Career Imprints, offers bold and original insights into the way in which talent-laden companies spawn new businesses, as Baxter alums did for the biotech industry. Her provocative and thoroughly documented research goes well beyond classic economic theories to demonstrate conclusively why entrepreneurially-led companies have the capacity not only to create new companies but entire industries as well."
—Bill George,...

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Overview

Praise for Career Imprints

"Monica Higgins' groundbreaking work, Career Imprints, offers bold and original insights into the way in which talent-laden companies spawn new businesses, as Baxter alums did for the biotech industry. Her provocative and thoroughly documented research goes well beyond classic economic theories to demonstrate conclusively why entrepreneurially-led companies have the capacity not only to create new companies but entire industries as well."
—Bill George, author, Authentic Leadership, and former chairman and chief executive officer, Medtronic

"At the heart of this important study is a fascinating question: Why did alumni of one company—the amazing 'Baxter boys'—produce so many of the leaders of the burgeoning biotech industry? To find the answers, Monica Higgins left no research stone unturned. The result is a compelling new theory about exactly what happens in the early stages of careers to shape true leaders who can guide innovation and entrepreneurship. Higgins' concepts will leave their imprint on careers, company cultures, and industry development."
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author, Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End

"What Fairchild was to the development of high technology firms in Silicon Valley, Baxter has been to the evolution of the biopharmaceutical industry. Monica Higgins builds a fascinating, richly portrayed case for Baxter's impact on the creation and growth of biopharmaceutical firms."
—Denise Rousseau, H.J. Heinz II Professor of Organization Behavior and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

"Dr. Higgins has written an insightful analysis of a phenomenon which shaped the biotechnology industry. There is no doubt that my days at Baxter had the most profound influence on my life and career as well as on those of my colleagues."
—Bob Carpenter, founder, Intergrated Genetics, Geltex, Vactex, Candent, Somatix, Hydra, and Peptimmune

"Career Imprints is inspired as both industry history and cultural anthropology. In unique fashion, Monica Higgins tells the story of the emergence of Baxter Travenol as a healthcare giant and one of the great cell cultures of American entrepreneurship. This book is a must for anyone interested in the place of high tech healthcare in our economy and entrepreneurial organizational development."
—William A. Holodank, president, J. Robert Scott

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“Monica Higgins’ groundbreaking work, Career Imprints, offers bold and original insights into the way in which talent-laden companies spawn new businesses, as Baxter alums did for the biotech industry. Her provocative and thoroughly documented research goes well beyond classic economic theories to demonstrate conclusively why entrepreneurially-led companies have the capacity not only to create new companies but entire industries as well.”—Bill George, author, Authentic Leadership, and former chairman and chief executive officer, Medtronic

 “At the heart of this important study is a fascinating question:  Why did alumni of one company —the amazing ‘Baxter boys’—produce so many of the leaders of the burgeoning biotech industry?  To find the answers, Monica Higgins left no research stone unturned.  The result is a compelling new theory about exactly what happens in the early stages of careers to shape true leaders who can guide innovation and entrepreneurship.  Higgins’ concepts will leave their imprint on careers, company cultures, and industry development.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author, Confidence:  How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End

“What Farichild was to the development of high technology firms in Silicon Valley, Baxter has been to the evolution of the biopharmaceutical industry. Monica Higgins builds a fascinating, richly portrayed case for Baxter’s impact on the creation and growth of biopharmaceutical firms.”—Denise Rousseau, H.J. Heinz II Professor of Organization Behavior and Public Policy, Carnegie

“Dr. Higgins has written an insightful analysis of a phenomenon which shaped the biotechnology industry. There is no doubt that my days at Baxter had the most profound influence on my life and career as well as those of my colleagues.”—Bob Carpenter, founder, Intergrated Genetics, Geltex, Vactex, Candent, Somatix, Hydra and Peptimmune

Career Imprints is inspired as both industry history and cultural anthropology. In unique fashion, Monica Higgins tells the story of the emergence of Baxter Travenol as a healthcare giant and one of the great cell cultures of American entrepreneurship. This book is a must for anyone interested in the place of high tech healthcare in our economy and entrepreneurial organizational development.”—William A. Holodank, president, J. Robert Scott

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787977511
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2005
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series , #16
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,101,299
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Higgins is an associate professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. Her research, published in more than 40 professional articles and case studies, centers on careers, strategic human resource management, and leadership development. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Foreword.

Preface.

Part One: Setting the Stage.

1. Introduction: Career Imprints and Senior Executive Mobility.

2. From Baxter to Biotechnology: The First Wave of Baxter Boys.

Part Two: The Career Imprinting Process.

3. Place: Understanding Breeding Grounds for Career Imprinting.

4. People: Characteristics and Susceptibility to Career Imprinting.

5. Paths: The Baxter Career Experience and Resulting Career Imprint.

6. Beyond Baxter: Career Imprints of Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Abbott.

Part Three: The Consequences of Career Imprints.

7. The Spawning Effect: Career Imprints and Industry Evolution.

8. The Legacy of Career Imprints for Organizations.

9. The Opportunities and Constraints of Career Imprints.

10. Career Imprints: New Answers, New Questions.

Appendix A: Research Design and Methods.

Appendix B: Analyses of Baxter's Impact on IPO Success.

Appendix C: Baxter's Business and Product Timelines.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    impressive insight into senior management staffing in emerging industries

    A practical, fact-based analysis of the migration of entrepreneurs from large stable corporations to emerging, venture-backed risky (bio) technology companies. Not only identifies the success of the process in the '80s in bio tech but identifies factors present in other such senior management migrations.

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