PLUS Components

Essential Professional Skills

Overview and audience: Description of the essential professional skills needed in the workplace for all PSMs, all fields, all new employees. This book is written with input from multiple professionals in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and reflects what is needed to function well in the work environment.

Students are often surprised by the differences between the environments of the university and industry work when adjusting to their first jobs in industry. Such adjustment often takes 9–12 months and is costly for the employer in terms of lost effectiveness. Students can improve their employment readiness and competitiveness by learning about the new environment prior to entry. Topics include business goals and bottom line, leadership and teamwork, communication skills, marketing, discipline, flexibility, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, ambiguity management, intellectual property, specialty technology and knowledge, quality, ethics, globalization, expectation management, and career management. The following resource is available which describes what is needed to succeed outside the university environment.

ISBN: 978-0-12-373869-1


"This book provides a long overdue and essential resource for students, graduates, teachers, and new employees and their supervisors, thoughtfully outlining the often difficult transition between university life and the "real world". This is the first book to address the most common problem faced by university graduates: their realization that college courses alone do not prepare them for a place in the modern workforce. By providing the reader with valuable insight on various career paths, technical aspects, management skills and thoughtful self-evaluation exercises, Dr. Borbye helps student manage expectations and effectively align themselves with a successful career path. This book should be mandatory reading for all university students, new employees, and all the people who guide others in the areas of science and business."

-Warren Casey, PhD, DABT, Deputy Director, NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

Building Alliances and Case Studies with Employers

Overview and audience: How to contact industry partners and how to build educational projects with them. Also contains reusable case studies in science and business. The method to contact industry is for all audiences; the specific case studies are for PSM audiences mostly in science and business.

Many students and university faculty are unfamiliar with industry workplace environments. Case studies developed in collaboration with working professionals can help students and professors bridge the gap between universities and industry. This book provides guidance on how to approach industry professionals and create educational alliances. The strategy of establishing contact with industry employers and the process of developing and teaching case studies are described. Eight reusable case studies are presented. Among the case studies are examples of how to identify biomarkers and new drugs simultaneously, prioritize and develop products in compliance with rules and regulations, commercialize products and protect and manage the intellectual property, optimize processes and technologies for manufacturing and minimize human errors in production.

(PDF) ISBN 978-3-527-32408-8

Professional Skills Teaching Tools

Out of the Comfort Zone

Overview and audience: How to teach professional skills and how to simulate the work environment outside the university. Also contains a professional skills assessment tool to evaluate student skills levels. For all PSM audiences and all others who teach professional skills.

This book describes a simple, common-sense method of how to include professional skills training in any curriculum without compromising academic rigor. It relies on introduction of unanticipated, yet manageable, crises simulating scenarios commonly experienced in the workplace. Examples include how to respond to a demand for innovation and teamwork, a layoff, a reorganization or switching jobs and projects. Preparing and practicing a mindful and healthy response is beneficial, and it serves as a platform for attitude training and character building prior to unexpected real-life events on the job and elsewhere. Also included are student reflections on learning and a rubric to assess the professional skills learning outcomes.

ISBN 9781608451753 (paperback), ISBN 9781608451760 (e-book).

Professors can learn more about essential professional skills and how to include teaching of these skills into new and traditional curricula by attending workshops for directors.

Sustainable Innovation

Overview and audience: How to make innovation sustainable and how to introduce sustainable innovation regimens in teaching and research. For all PSM audiences and others wanting to teach sustainable innovation or improve innovation methods.

This book offers a guide to dramatically improve the quality of innovation and solution-making through the respectful use of existing and abundant but often ignored resources. Sustainable innovation is about creative combination of ideas, materials, methods and people, courage to derive value from opposition and diversity, integrative intelligence, virtuous planning, minimal consumption of resources and definition of alternative plans. Using the method successfully requires that we are truly interested in the common good of humankind, that we care about our environment and that we take time to think carefully about consequences before we act, invent or make decisions. It is a call for a much-needed collaboration between people of different backgrounds, skills and opinions with the intent to preserve individual and local integrity and adopt a win-win mindset.

ISBN 9781608457465 (paperback), ISBN 9781608457472 (e-book).


Please note that publishers and authors usually have a pecuniary interest in the sale and distribution of their published materials.

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