Gary Pisano


Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Gary Pisano is a professor at the Harvard Business School, teaching both MBA and executive- level courses on technology and operations management, operations strategy, competitive strategy, product development, and the management of innovation.

His research has examined technology strategy, the management of innovation, organizational learning, outsourcing and the management of intellectual property. His research, teaching and consulting on these issues span a range of science- and technology-driven industries, including aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, health care, computers, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.

Professor Pisano has served as an advisor to senior managers at such companies as Amgen, Biogen, Becton Dickinson, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Siegfried Pharmaceuticals, State Street Bank, and Teradyne. He speaks widely at industry conferences and to senior executive audiences.

He is a widely published author with more than 70 articles and case studies in such journals as Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly and the Harvard Business Review. His “Restoring American Competitiveness” (co-authored with Willy Shih) won the McKinsey Award for best article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2009. He is also co-author of the award winning article, “Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management” (Strategic Management Journal, 1997), the most-cited publication in economics and business from 1995-2005. His article, “How to Capture Value from Innovation: Shaping Intellectual Property and Industry Architecture” (California Management Review) was a finalist for the 2008 Accenture Award. He has written case studies on such companies as Amazon, BMW, ITT-Automotive, IBM, Intel, Jet Blue, Merck, Eli Lilly, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Teradyne and Flextronics. He is the author of six books, including The Development Factory, Operations, Strategy, and Technology (with co-authors Robert Hayes, David Upton and Steve Wheelwright), and Science Business: The Promise, The Reality and The Future of Biotech.

Awards, Honors and Press:

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  • McKinsey Award with Willy C. Shih for the best article in the Harvard Business Review during 2009 for “Restoring American Competitiveness”, 2009
  • Accenture Award finalist for “How to Capture Value from Innovation: Shaping Intellectual Property and Industry Architecture”, 2008
  • Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize for “Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management, 2003

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Ph.D. Business Administration, University of California Berkeley
B.A. Economics, Yale University

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