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Gary Pisano

Executive Partner and Chief Strategist

Gary Pisano joined Flagship in 2024 as Executive Partner and Chief Strategist. He works closely with Flagship's senior leadership on institution building and overall Flagship strategy, while also advising Flagship companies on strategy and business model design. He currently serves as a board member of Flagship-founded Generate:Biomedicines.

Prior to joining Flagship, Gary spent 36 years on the faculty of Harvard Business School as the Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration. During his career at Harvard, Gary served in various leadership roles including Senior Associate Dean, and taught in the MBA, executive, and doctoral programs.

Over the course of his career Gary has been a researcher, teacher, and consultant to many organizations. His research has focused on how organizations innovate, learn, compete, and grow and has spanned a broad range of industries. Gary has published over 125 scholarly articles and case studies on such topics as technology and operations strategy, competitive strategy, intellectual property, the management of innovation, organizational learning, commercializing science, business model design and innovation, global competitiveness, and corporate growth. He is the author of the Harvard Business School case study on Flagship Pioneering as well as co-author, together with Noubar Afeyan, of “What Evolution Can Teach Us About Innovation,” an article about Flagship's emergent discovery process published in Harvard Business Review. He has written six books, including his latest, Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation. He has received numerous awards for his work and thought leadership.

Gary received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Yale University.