Category Archives: Management

Windows virtual computing services for the masses

Well, it’s not quite free software, but Amazon has just announced “WorkSpaces“, a $35 per month complete Windows virtual computing service for your phone, tablet, or laptop. While the price may have to come down some more for widespread adoption, … Continue reading

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If you want efficient and effective R&D, get your mix of solution shops and production shops right

I had the good fortune to attend a series of seminars by Clayton Cristensen last Spring.  One conceptual framework that Clay described is the three basic types of businesses, and I think it has a lot of relevance for Pharma … Continue reading

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Fixing Big Pharma Research: Two Things about Restructuring

For a pharmaceutical company restructuring to be successful, senior management has to get two things right: 1)  Restructuring is a forward-looking process.  Management has to plan the new organization so that it is successful in the future. People, processes, organizations, … Continue reading

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Disruptive Innovation – Products, Technologies, and People, too.

“Disruptive Innovation”, is a term popularized by Clayton Christensen in his classic book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma.”  The book describes his research into how product development and market competition mature and eventually create products that have been incrementally improved (through “sustaining” … Continue reading

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Fixing Big Pharma Research: Expected cost savings have to be recoverable

All too often the cost savings from efficiency improvements of various kinds are dramatically over estimated, especially when large numbers of small improvements are aggregated. Companies of all kinds (not just Pharma) often justify investments in new equipment or software … Continue reading

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Fixing Big Pharma Research: The costs of delays need to be properly valued

For the Pharmaceutical industry, the foregone revenue created by delays in bringing a drug to market can be surprisingly high — from $50,000 to $2,000,000 per day, depending on the phase of the pipeline. Such costs are often under appreciated. … Continue reading

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Done.

After two years working on my MBA, what’s three more hours in the steady rain?  They say it’s good luck when it rains on the day of a wedding — so perhaps it was an auspicious end to the tenure … Continue reading

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