Technology Valuation Solutions

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No economic phenomenon is more important to the modern world thanthe creation of wealth through technological innovation. Buttechnological innovation is a notoriously risky and competitivebusiness. The value of an idea is diminished not only by the riskof technical or commercial failure, but also by the time value ofmoney and the costs of the R&D effort itself.

In Technology Valuation Solutions, expert Peter Boershares the concepts, case histories, and software that he ...

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Overview

No economic phenomenon is more important to the modern world thanthe creation of wealth through technological innovation. Buttechnological innovation is a notoriously risky and competitivebusiness. The value of an idea is diminished not only by the riskof technical or commercial failure, but also by the time value ofmoney and the costs of the R&D effort itself.

In Technology Valuation Solutions, expert Peter Boershares the concepts, case histories, and software that he hasdeveloped over his thirty years of direct experience in managingtechnology and technology-based businesses. Boer skillfullycombines financial perspectives, sensible management methods, andreal-world experience in technology management to show you the waytoward practical, value-based R&D management.

Based on the belief that powerful modern planningtools–such as cash flow analysis, electronic spreadsheets,decision analysis, and real options–can illuminate technologyvaluation in ways that no other method can, this comprehensiveresource presents a model by which those charged with planninginnovation can easily and rapidly calculate the value of a projector project proposal, while taking full account of the risks. Thisfinancial model, known as Risk-Adjusted Valuation, has implicationsbeyond research, including transactions support and corporatestrategy.

Technology Valuation Solutions is structured around aseries of situations or cases requiring analysis. A problem isposed and the solution is outlined in detail. In the process, themethodology is illustrated and its features discussed. Some of thecases are designed primarily to illustrate methods, while othercases provide an R&D practitioner's perspective of what theissues "feel" like at each stage of an R&D project. In additionto in-depth case studies found throughout the text, a companionwebsite includes Microsoft Excel templates that support the casesdiscussed throughout the book. You can use the website in concertwith the text or build your own models based on these softwaretemplates when confronting a new problem with its own specialcircumstances.

Filled with in-depth insight and practical advice, TechnologyValuation Solutions offers a better way to value the profitabilityand risk of R&D projects in a world where competition isfierce, failure is rife, and the value created for winners issubstantial.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471654674
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series, #264
  • Edition description: Includes CD-Rom
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

F. PETER BOER is President and CEO of Tiger Scientific Inc., a firm specializing in science and technology consulting and investments. He is the author of The Valuation of Technology and The Real Options Solution (both published by Wiley). After a successful career as a senior business and technical executive, Boer joined Yale University, where he taught valuation and other subjects. At present, he is actively engaged with several companies that are adopting option-based valuation methods for their R&D portfolios.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

CHAPTER 1: "I'll Teach You the Value of Money" 1

CHAPTER 2: Horizon Value by Five Methods 11

CHAPTER 3: Factoring in the Risk 27

CHAPTER 4: Medical Device Case Study: A New Product for a New Application 41

CHAPTER 5: A New Product for an Existing Application 57

CHAPTER 6: Start-Ups 71

CHAPTER 7: Process Breakthrough! 95

CHAPTER 8: Improved Products 109

CHAPTER 9: Balanced R&D Portfolios 127

CHAPTER 10: Optimum Portfolios and the Efficient Frontier 157

Notes 183

About the Author 193

Index 195

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