Supplement | HBS Case Collection | June 2014

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (B)

by Amy C. Edmondson, Bethany Gerstein and Melissa Valentine


In 2006, the leadership team at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had to decide whether to keep its R&D organization in functional departments or restructure it into interdisciplinary teams. This case follows the outcomes of this decision from 2006 to mid-2014, and considers their impact on productivity, accountability, communication, and skill development from the perspectives of employees in Merrimack's R&D organization.

Keywords: Organizational Design; Groups and Teams; Collaborative Innovation and Invention; Research and Development; Biotechnology Industry; Pharmaceutical Industry;


Edmondson, Amy C., Bethany Gerstein, and Melissa Valentine. "Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 614-083, June 2014.