ompanies compete on the decisions they make. But they need the right knowledge to make the right decisions. Gary Pisano has made it his professional mission to help fulfill their potential by focusing on knowledge-based innovation and strategy.

As the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Professor Pisano has been an integral part of the Harvard faculty for 26 years. Professor Pisano centers his teaching and research on knowledge creation and innovation, and examines each theme – spanning technology strategy and management of innovation, to organizational learning, outsourcing and intellectual property – through multiple lenses and levels of analysis, from the individual to countries. Most recently, through his work with Harvard’s U.S. Competitiveness Project – a research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of America – he’s turned attention to helping spur a manufacturing renaissance. The subject of his McKinsey Award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” Professor Pisano delves deeper into the issues and implications in his most recent book, “Producing Prosperity” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), both co-authored with Harvard colleague Willy Shih. “Manufacturing, it turns out, really matters in an innovation-driven economy,” he argues.

Professor Pisano has authored seven books and written more than 70 articles and case studies, including the award-winning “Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management” (Strategic Management Journal, 1997), the most-cited publication in economics and business from 1995-2005, and his California Management Review article, “How to Capture Value from Innovation: Shaping Intellectual Property and Industry Architecture,” which was a finalist for the 2008 Accenture Award.  His latest – a Harvard Business School working paper, which will ultimately be published by a leading academic journal, explores “Organizational and Geographic Drivers of Absorptive Capacity: An Empirical Analysis of Pharmaceutical R&D Laboratories.”

Professor Pisano has served as an advisor to senior executives at leading companies in the U.S. and Europe across the aerospace, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, computer, software, electronics and financial services industries. He has also served on the board of directors and advisory boards of a number of start-up companies. Professor Pisano is an enthusiastic, engaging presenter who speaks widely at industry conferences and to senior executive audiences.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Yale University.

Gary Pisano’s Website

Harvard Business School Faculty Page

Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project