Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1991 (Revised January 1998)

Chaparral Steel: Rapid Product and Process Development

by Dorothy Leonard-Barton and Gil Preuss


One of the nation's foremost mini-mills' core competence is the rapid realization of technology into products. This case describes the development of a highly innovative casting technique and features the role of the company's culture in achieving its goals. The company exemplifies a learning organization.

Keywords: Product Development; Innovation and Invention; Hardware; Product; Organizational Culture; Business Processes; Competency and Skills;


Leonard-Barton, Dorothy, and Gil Preuss. "Chaparral Steel: Rapid Product and Process Development." Harvard Business School Case 692-018, September 1991. (Revised January 1998.)