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The Development Factory: Unlocking the Potential of Process Innovation [Hardcover]

by Gary P. Pisano
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November 1, 1996 0875846505 978-0875846507 0
Gary Pisano proves that process innovation-not just product innovation-can be the key to competitive advantage. In a multi-year study of pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, he shows that developing distinctive and superior process technologies can lower costs, improve quality, and increase flexibility. The Development Factory will help companies unlock the potential of process development and create and implement new capabilities.


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Gary P. Pisano is the Harry E. Figgle Jr. Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Technology and Operations Management unit at Harvard Business School.

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  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875846505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875846507
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the final course in my graduate program, this was required reading to complete the program. With a background in medical and electronics instrumentation, I was not thrilled. Secondly, I was puzzled that anyone at Harvard would spend over a year to write a book with a fairly narrow audience--the right way to develop new products for the pharmaceutical industry. I wasn't disappointed. The development of new products in this sector is a different landscape from typical product development and manufacturing--a strategic chess game where timing, investment, weighing uncertainty and gutsy decision making are everything in the successful development on new products going through clinical trials. Pisano insights are good advice. If you an exec or manager, this would not be one of those popular business books. If you are in the medical sector, this should be part of your outside reading to avoid the potholes of new product development. Highly recommended.
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