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Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
Technology and Operations Management

Gary Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School where he has been on the faculty since 1988. From 2018-2023, Pisano was Harvard Business School’s Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Promotion and Tenure.

Pisano is an expert in competitive strategy, innovation, and operations.  Over the course of his career, Pisano has explored fundamental questions about how organizations innovate, learn, compete, and grow.   His research and consulting have spanned a broad range of industries including aerospace, automobiles, apparel, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, entertainment, financial services, medical devices, semiconductors, software, specialty chemicals, and web services.

Pisano has published over 100 scholarly articles and case studies and has written six books, including his latest, Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation. Throughout his career, Pisano’s work has won numerous awards including, Strategic Management Society’s Best Paper (2003) and Strategy + Business best books (2006, 2019). He is a two-time winner of the McKinsey Award (2009, 2019) for the best article published in Harvard Business Review, and the inaugural winner of the Clayton M. Christensen Prize (2020) for his work on innovative cultures.   In 2020, he received the Greenhill Distinguished Services Award from the Harvard Business School.
At Harvard, Pisano has taught MBA, executive, and doctoral courses. 

In addition to his academic research and teaching, Pisano is an advisor to senior executives at leading companies around the world. He has served on the boards of both public and private companies. He currently serves on the board of Generate Biomedicines. Pisano is also an Academic Partner at Flagship Pioneering. Professor Pisano received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in economics from Yale. 

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