The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities

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The Scientist as Consultant provides essential insights and invaluable advice to any scientist who may be considering consulting as another career possibility. Ranging from a small, part-time venture to a full-time career move, consulting - at any level - is ultimately shaped by you, the scientist, drawing from your specific interests and expertise. Through the guidance of Carl J. Sindermann, scientist and acclaimed author of Winning the Games Scientists Play, and Thomas K. Sawyer, vice president of a highly ...
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Overview

The Scientist as Consultant provides essential insights and invaluable advice to any scientist who may be considering consulting as another career possibility. Ranging from a small, part-time venture to a full-time career move, consulting - at any level - is ultimately shaped by you, the scientist, drawing from your specific interests and expertise. Through the guidance of Carl J. Sindermann, scientist and acclaimed author of Winning the Games Scientists Play, and Thomas K. Sawyer, vice president of a highly successful consulting firm, this book will help you decide if this is the right move for you, and if it is, then advise you on what steps to take for a smooth transition into the prosperous career of scientific consulting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306456374
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl J. Sindermann is a marine biologist and the author of five trade books on careers in science. Since he received his advanced degrees from Harvard University, he has directed marine research laboratories in New Jersey, Maryland, and Florida and was the editor of the national journal Fishery Bulletin.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Scientific Consultants - on Their Nature 1
Ch. 1 The Prospective Scientific Consultant 11
Ch. 2 Early Phases in the Evolution of a Scientific Consultant 33
Ch. 3 Distinguishing Characteristics of Successful Scientific Consultants 45
Ch. 4 The Transition from Solo Practitioner to Business Executive 65
Ch. 5 Organizing a Scientific Consulting Group 73
Ch. 6 Managing a Scientific Consulting Organization 105
Ch. 7 Ethics for Scientific Consultants 123
Ch. 8 Marketing and Selling Scientific Expertise 135
Ch. 9 Completing the Consulting Assignment 153
Ch. 10 Maintaining Professional Competence 165
Ch. 11 The Legal Side of a Scientific Consulting Practice 177
Ch. 12 The Downside of Scientific Consulting 189
Ch. 13 Possible Escape Routes, if Consulting Should Not Work Out 207
Ch. 14 Megaconsulting Organizations 215
Ch. 15 International Consulting 223
Ch. 16 Junior Professional Members of Scientific Consulting Organizations 241
Ch. 17 University Faculty Members as Scientific Consultants 249
Ch. 18 Retirees as Scientific Consultants 263
Ch. 19 The Future of Scientific Consulting - The Next Decade 279
Conclusion: The Quintessence of Scientific Consulting 293
Epilogue 299
Endnotes 303
App. 1 Questionnaire 307
App. 2 Key Interview Questions 313
App. 3 Consulting from the Perspective of Practitioners - a Summary of Questionnaire Responses 315
App. 4 Highlights of Survey Findings 329
App. 5 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) 335
App. 6 The Business Card 337
Index 339
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