Gary P. Pisano

Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration

Gary Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He has been on the Harvard faculty for 25 years. During this time, his research, teaching, and consulting has focused on technology strategy, the management of innovation, organizational learning, manufacturing and outsourcing strategy, and the management of intellectual property. His work on these issues spans a range of science and technology based industries including aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, health care, nutrition, computers, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.

Pisano is the author of over 70 articles and case studies. His "Restoring American Competitiveness" (co-authored with Willy Shih) won the McKinsey Award for best article published in 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 also written case studies on such companies as Amazon, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, IBM, Intel, Jet Blue, Merck, Eli Lilly, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Teradyne, Flextronics, Virgin Group, and VF Brands. 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); Science Business: The Promise, The Reality and The Future of Biotech and, most recently, Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance (co-author Willy Shih).

Professor Pisano has served as an advisor to senior executives at leading companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  In addition, Pisano has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of a number of start-up companies. He speaks widely at industry conferences and to senior executive audiences. Professor Pisano holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. in economics from Yale University
  1. McKinsey Award. First Place: First Place winner of the McKinsey Award with Willy C. Shih for the best article in the Harvard Business Review during 2009 for the paper "Restoring American Competitiveness."

  2. Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize: Winner of the 2003 Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize for "Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management" (with David Teece and Amy Shuen, August 1997).