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Science and Corporate Strategy: Du Pont R and D, 1902 1980
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 ...more
Paperback, 780 pages
Published July 31st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
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David Hounshell and John Smith do an excellent job of not only recounting the thorough history of Du Pont's R&D but they also give a wonderful synopsis of how R&D developed as a whole during the time period. Du Pont suffered through organization issues when the three cousins took the company over at the end of the 19th century. They were able to develop an organization system and two areas for R&D. These areas would help to produce some of the fundamental research that allowed the ...more