Based on voluminous corporate records and extensive interviews with key employees, Science and Corporate Strategy: Du Pont R and D, 1902-1980 provides a comprehensive, critical study of research and development in a large US corporation. Du Pont was among a handful of US corporations that established formal research and development laboratories at the turn of the century to improve competitive positions in their respective industries. Initially, Du Pont's executives viewed R&D as an important though not central part of the corporations strategy. However the gains made by the company's laboratories soon demonstrated that R&D would be a critical ingredient in the firm's success. The industrial research and development laboratory became a major part of corporate structure; science became a central part of corporate strategy.
Author: David A. Hounshell, John Kenly Smith Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 11/02/2006 Pages: 780 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 2.36lbs Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 1.55d ISBN: 9780521028523