Learn More About Gary Pisano
Growth. It’s the most important issue on the minds of CEOs and senior executives at organizations in every industry around the world. And yet, we know very little about how to drive, manage, and sustain profitable growth. How fast can a company really grow profitably? How does rapid growth impact a company’s culture? How can organizations find new avenues for growth? And when is it best to grow through acquisition versus organically? Gary Pisano, a leading scholar and authority on innovation, strategy, and operations, has spent the last five years undertaking research on corporate growth and he’s helping leaders put his insights to work.
The Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Harvard Business School, Pisano advises senior executives at many of the world’s largest corporations and works with a number of startups. Perhaps best known for his work on the commercialization of science, competitiveness in manufacturing and strategy, Pisano’s latest research reveals how large organizations can practice innovation at scale. In his highly acclaimed book, “Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation” (Public Affairs, January 2019) and his Clayton M. Christensen Prize and McKinsey Award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures,” Pisano challenges the myth that large enterprises cannot be transformative innovators, doomed to be disrupted by more nimble startups. On the contrary, Pisano says: Big businesses and fast-growing companies can master what he calls “creative construction” – and he provides the real-world, pragmatic advice and principles for how to leverage the benefits of scale for innovation. In 2019, “Creative Construction” won the Strategy + Business Best Business Book award in the strategy category.
This is why Pisano is such a sought after and relied-upon advisor: He combines practical experience with deep research to provide genuine, actionable insights and guidance to make change happen. A gifted speaker, researcher, author, advisor, board member, entrepreneur and teacher, Pisano is an authoritative voice and agenda-setting commentator on the trends impacting business and leadership – spanning knowledge creation, organizational learning, business model design, decision making, operating growth strategies, and the future of jobs and talent in the age of algorithms and machines.
Unique in his breadth of knowledge, Pisano examines each theme through multiple lenses and levels of analysis, from the individual to companies and countries. He has authored nearly 100 articles and case studies on leading corporations, such as Amazon, BMW, IBM, Merck, Pfizer, and Virgin Group, and numerous books – including “Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech” (HBR Press, 2006) and “Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance” (HBR Press, 2012).
Pisano earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University, and his doctorate in business administration from University of California, Berkley.
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