You don't need to be in industry to benefit from having a business-science mind-set. Even academics can gain from thinking more about their "bottom line". For example:
1. Business-minded scientists can define deliverables in a project and come up with reasonable timelines for meeting these objectives. Business-minded scientists can meet deadlines.
Academic scientists can also define deliverables and timelines for their work. Their over-all objective might be more open-ended (e.g. understand the function of protein 'x'), but the individual steps taken to get there are generally very concrete.
2. Business-minded scientists can envision a budget for meeting project milestones and stay within a defined budget.
Academic scientists need to budget in order to manage their grant's effectively and avoid running out of resources near the end of a project.
3. Business-minded scientists can see early when a project needs to be killed, and communicate the justification for ending a project clearly to superiors.
This is "a big one" for many academics. Some of them get so wrapped up in "proving" their pet theory that they fail to recognize that further work is a waste of time. Their don't seem to realize that their careers will actually benefit more if they move to a more-productive line of enquiry.
4. Business minded scientists are in the habit of communicating their work in terms of dollars. With this process we saved X dollars. We met this deliverable ahead of schedule and saved X dollars, and so on.
Academic scientists may not have the same need to talk dollars and cents - although it will make it easier to justify their work to the funding agencies and the public that is paying for the work, but they should be able to explain why someone should care about what they're doing. Even if all you're doing is something basic light studying gene functions in yeast, you should at least be able to describe how that work will benefit people working in other systems.