Science and Corporate Strategy: Du Pont R and D, 1902-1980by David A. Hounshell, John Kenly Smith Jr, John Kenly Smith
This book provides a comprehensive, critical study of research and development in a large US corporation.See more details below
This book provides a comprehensive, critical study of research and development in a large US corporation.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century Series
- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(d)
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; List of tables; Editors' preface; Authors' preface; Introduction; Part I. The Experimental Era: 1902–1921: 1. Organizing for research and development, 1902–1911; 2. Reorganizing and diversification; 3. World War I and the venture into dyestuffs; 4. Decentralization; Part II. Creating a Chemical Empire: 5. Rebuilding a central research organization; 6. Research to the rescue: Du Pont finishes; 7. Research efficiency: the organic chemicals department; 8. New fibers and films for a new era: the rayon department; 9. From nitrates to nylon: the ammonia department; 10. Du Pont R&D in the international sphere; 11. Development power: the case of titanium dioxide pigments; Part III. 'Better Things for Better Living through Chemistry': 12. The 'radical departure': Charles Stine's fundamental research program; 13. The 'D' of R&D: the development of neoprene and nylon; 14. Developing a discipline: chemical engineering research at Du Pont; 15. The conduct of research; Part IV. Chemistry Enshrined: 16. The war years and postwar expansion of research; 17. The persuit of science at Du Pont; 18. Making a revolution: Du Pont and synthetic fibers; 19. New directions in fibers R&D; 20. Biological chemicals; 21. Keeping ahead of the competition: Du Pont plastics; Part V. Challenge and Response: 22. The new venture era; 23. Successful diversification: the photo products department; 24. Toxicological and environmental research; 25. Redirecting R&D: the 1970s; Reprise: science and corporate strategy at Du Pont; Appendixes; Notes; Essay on sources; Index.
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