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MANAGEMENT: Research & Development

"Profitability is the Key to Value. If You've Got it, Flaunt It. If You Don't Have It, Get It (business strategy). If You Can't Get It, Get Out (capital strategy)."

--- Bill Fruhan, Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School, author of: Financial Strategy: Studies in the Creation, Transfer, and Destruction of Shareholder Value.

(Alcan), Albert W. Whitaker; edited by T.L. Brock (1974). Aluminum Trail. (Montreal, QU: Alcan Press, 488 p. [2nd ed.]). Whitaker, Albert W., 1892- ; Aluminum Company of Canada.

(Alcoa), Margaret B.W. Graham and Bettye H. Pruitt (1990). R&D for Industry: A Century of Technical Innovation at Alcoa. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 645 p.). Aluminum Company of America--History; Aluminum industry and trade--United States--Technological innovations--History; Research, Industrial--United States--History.

(Corning), Margaret B.W. Graham, Alec T. Shuldiner (2001). Corning and the Craft of Innovation. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 505 p.). Corning Incorporated; Materials science.

(DSM), Arjan van Rooij (2007). The Company That Changed Itself: R and D and the Transformations of DSM. (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 384 p.). Researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Royal DSM N.V.; Economics--Development, Growth, Planning. Crucial role of industrial research in three major identity shifts of Dutch chemical company DSM over past 100 years; helped company to diversify, maintain, improve existing businesses; industry, identity, corporate culture of reinvention.

(Du Pont), David A. Hounshell Jr. and John K. Smith (1992). Science and Corporate Strategy: Du Pont R&D, 1902-1980. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 756 p.). E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company--History; Chemical industry--United States--History; Research, Industrial--United States--History. Series: Studies in economic history and policy.

(GE), John T. Broderick, with foreword by Dr. Karl T. Compton (1945). Willis Rodney Whitney, Pioneer of Industrial Research. (Albany, NY: Fort Orange Press, Inc., 324 p.). Whitney, Willis Rodney, 1868-1958.

(GE), Herman A. Liebhafsky; collaborating editors, Sybil Small Liebhafsky, George Wise (1978). Silicones under the Monogram: A Story of Industrial Research. (New York, NY: Wiley, 381 p.). General Electric Company; Silicones.

(GE), Leonard S. Reich (1985). The Making of American Industrial Research: Science and Business at GE and Bell, 1876-1926. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 309 p.). General Electric Company; American Telephone and Telegraph Company; Research, Industrial--United States.

(GE), George Wise (1985). Willis R. Whitney, General Electric, and the Origins of U.S. Industrial Research. (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 375 p.). Whitney, Willis Rodney, 1868-1958; General Electric Company; Research, Industrial--United States--Biography.

(Johnson Wax), S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., R&D staff (1986). For the Next Generation: The Commitment to Research at Johnson Wax. (Racine, WI: S.C. Johnson, 272 p.). Johnson Wax--History; Research, Industrial--Wisconsin--History.

(Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation), David V. Gibson and Everett M. Rogers (1994). R & D Collaboration on Trial: The Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 607 p.). Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation; Computer industry--United States; Microelectronics industry--United States; Strategic alliances--United States--Case studies.

(Pechiney), Muriel Le Roux (1998). L’Entreprise et la Recherche: Un Siecle de Recherche Industrielle a Pechiney. (Paris, FR: Rive Droite: Institut d’Histoire de l’industrie, 499 p.). Aluminium Pechiney (Firm); Aluminum industry and trade --Technological innovations --France --History; Research, Industrial --France --History.

(Philips), Mar de Vries (2006). 80 Years of Research at the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium (1914-1994): The Role of the Nat. Lab. at Philips. (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 326 p.). Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Technology (Eindhoven University of Technology). Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium; research and development -- history. Crucial center of industrial research for Philips, one of world’s largest electronics companies; how history of laboratory helps in understanding important changes in production, uses of technology in 20th century; three periods, each with different research goals, approaches.

(RCA), Margaret B.W. Graham (1986). RCA and the Videodisc: The Business of Research. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 258 p.). RCA Laboratories; Radio Corporation of America; Videodisc players--Design and construction.

(Rockefeller Foundation), Gerald Jonas (1989). The Circuit Riders: Rockefeller Money and the Rise of Modern Science. (New York, NY: Norton, 430 p.). Endowment of research.

(Schlumberger), Geoffrey C. Bowker (1994). Science on the Run: Information Management and Industrial Geophysics at Schlumberger, 1920-1940. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 191 p.). Schlumberger Limited--History; Oil field equipment and supplies industry--France--History; Oil well drilling--France--History; Electronic industries--France--History; Research, Industrial--France--History.

(Xerox), Michael Hiltzik (1999). Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age. (New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 448 p.). Reporter (Los Angeles Times). Xerox Corporation. Palo Alto Research Center--History; Computer science--Research--California--Palo Alto--History.

Joseph L. Bower (1986). Managing the Resource Allocation Process: A Study of Corporate Planning and Investment. (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 363 p. [rev. ed.]). Capital investments; Capital budget.

Robert Buderi (2000). Engines of Tomorrow: How the World's Best Companies Are Using Their Research Labs to Win the Future. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 446 p.). Research, Industrial; Technological innovations.

Dan Dimancescu, James Botkin (1986). The New Alliance: America’s R&D Consortia. (Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Pub. Co.,, 209 p.). Research, Industrial--United States; Research institutes--United States; Consortia.

Walter Gratzer (2009). Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes.  (New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 254 p.). Emeritus Professor of Biophysics (King's College in London). Macromolecules. Macromolecules comprise some of most artificial constructs (plastics, polymers, nanodevices, limited only by scientific imagination); history, structure, properties of many-varied macromolecules; their discovery, chemistry behind extraordinary structures; how scientists have learned to manipulate them (designer proteins to thermoplastics, cosmetics to smart polymers); cutting edge of applied science.

Ralph M. Hower and Charles D. Orth, 3rd (1961). Managers and Scientists; Some Human Problems in Industrial Research Organizations. (Boston, MA: Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, 323 p.). Research, Industrial.

Arthur M. Johnson and Barry E. Supple (1967). Boston Capitalists and Western Railroads; A Study in the Nineteenth-Century Railroad Investment Process. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 392 p.). Railroads--United States--Finance.

Fred Moody (1999). The Visionary Position: The Inside Story of the Digital Dreamers Who Are Making Virtual Reality a Reality. (New York, NY: Times Business, 353 p.). Furness, Thomas A.; Human-computer interaction--Research--History; Virtual reality--Research--History.

Polly S. Rizova (2007). The Secret of Success: The Double Helix of Formal and Informal Structures in an R&D Laboratory. (Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 181 p.). Assistant Professor of Sociology (Boston University). Technological innovations--Case studies; Business networks--Case studies; Social capital (Sociology)--Economic aspects--Case studies; Knowledge management--Case studies; Research, Industrial--Case studies. Insights into how knowledge travels, how it is used in technical organizations to aid innovation.

M.C. Reed (1975). Investment in Railways in Britain, 1820-1844: A Study in the Development of the Capital Market. (London, UK: Oxford University Press, 315 p.). Railroads--Great Britain--Finance--History; Capital investments--Great Britain--History.

Philip A. Roussel, Kamal N. Saad, Tamara J. Erickson; foreword by John F. Magee (1991). Third Generation R&D: Managing the Link to Corporate Strategy. (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 192 p.). Research, Industrial -- Management; Strategic planning.

S. David Young and Stephen F. O'Byrne (2001). EVA and Value Based Management: A Practical Guide to Implementation. (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 493 p.). Economic value added; Corporations--Valuation; Capital investments--Decision making; Managerial economics; Industrial management.


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