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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2008 edition (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387776397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387776392
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellently referenced compendium of the behavioral and social science issues related to the creation of a spacefaring civilization." ( David Brandt-Erichsen, National Space Society, January 2009)

"Harris discusses the need for a global space ethos, that is, that the fundamental character of global culture needs to embrace the concept of humans living and working beyond the Earth." (Jeff Foust, The Space Review, November 17, 2008)

"Space Enterprise … will be ‘a classic in the global space community, as well as a university textbook, and basis for an educational media project.’ … This book is a combination of future scenarios and the managerial, psychological, medical, legal, and political structures needed to deal with space colonization. … Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and all undergraduates interested in space studies." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

“Harris, a behavioural psychologist and futurist, covers a lot of ground in this well-researched volume. … covering everything from learning from current spacefarers through to considerations of team performance, productivity, human/machine interfaces, and ergonomics and ecology. … A number of appendices make up the last part of the book, providing more thought on governance issues, lunar development … and lessons to be learned from today’s space entrepreneurs. … thought-provoking book, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with where humanity is going in space.” (Liftoff, Issue 260, November-December, 2010)

About the Author

As a behavioral scientist, Dr. Harris’ career spans some sixty years devoted to human resource and organization development. A management psychologist, he has successfully assisted over 200 clients systems worldwide. For the past twenty-five years, he has concentrated on a specialization in space psychology, serving as a NASA consultant and Faculty Fellow, as well as Associate Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. A professional futurist, the focus of his leading-edge research and practice on human behavior has been leadership, change, communication, culture, and management.

Dr. Harris has authored or edited some forty-four published books, most recently Future Possibilities – Toward Human Emergence and Managing the Knowledge Culture.  His classic volume, Managing Cultural Differences, is now in a seventh edition and used as a textbook in four hundred universities and colleges. As co-author of Multicultural Law Enforcement, this best-seller is in a third edition and widely used in criminal justice systems. Besides two prior editions of Living and Working in Space, he has also written a novel, Launch Out – a science-based scenario about private enterprise prospects in lunar industrialization. "Phil" has also written some 250 journal articles, wining eight times the journalism award of excellence from the Aviation/Space Writers Association. He has edited three professional journals, founding one entitled Space Governance. For the past ten years he was a member of the editorial board for The European Business Review where his articles also won a literary award for excellence.

In his multifaceted career, our author has been both a college and corporate vice president, lectured or taught at universities throughout the world. He has been recipient of numerous awards and grants, including from the U. S. Office of Naval Research and the U. S. State Department as a Fulbright Professor to India. A graduate of St. John’s (BBA) and Fordham (MS/Ph.D) Universities, Dr. Harris resides in La Jolla, California.  He is listed in several biographical directories, including Who’s Who in America.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Schilling on 6 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
The possibility for living and working offworld is becoming more of a reality. Harris' book poignantly shows how spacefaring will evolve over the next several decades so that venturing to other worlds will be accessible to more and more people. I recommend this timely text without reservation.
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For hardcore fans only 24 Nov 2011
By Paul Whipp - Published on Amazon.com
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A dry read filled with background information and anecdotal commentary on space programs around the world. Somewhat arbitrarily light on detail in places and detailed in others.

Its a fairly good backgrounder and reference if you don't have much else and are not comfortable using Google. I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Harris's sentiments but I don't think this book does anything other than preach to the converted in this regard. We need better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
space enterprise 27 Nov 2008
By David G. Schrunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From both scientific and historic perspectives, the evolution of humankind into a spacefaring civilization is inevitable. In Space Enterprise, Dr. Harris reflects upon his 60+ years of space research to explore the significance and opportunities of the emergence of humankind as a multi-world species. He emphasizes that we now have the opportunity to make advance plans for the emergence of our "space culture" - a culture that will be able to tap into the unlimited resources of space for the benefit of all humankind. I highly recommend Space Enterprise; it is thoroughly researched and provides a stimulating insight into the future course of humankind.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Should we really be spending money on space? 22 Nov 2008
By Woodrow H. Sears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With the U.S. economy in turmoil, does it make sense to invest more mega-bucks in space? Obviously, a lot of us wonder about that -- but this book presents deep-space exploration and living off-world as plausible, necessary, and vital to our national interests. If you're ready to be convinced, or just want to check-out what's actually going on in the space industry, spend some time with this worthwhile book. The fantasies you may have suspected are being replaced in real time by hard science and serious investment from the private sector. A good read!
Living Offworld in Today's World 11 Nov 2008
By E. S. Wibbeke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Space Enterprise is an amazingly interesting book dealing with how spacefaring continues to move forward in this age of advanced technology. Dr. Harris has combined engaging narrative with compelling historical facts to show just how close we really are to living and working offworld in this century. I recommend this book highly!

- E.S. Wibbeke, Author of "Global Business Leadership" ([...]
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