The growth and management of R&D outsourcing: evidence from UK pharmaceuticals


Howells, Jeremy, Gagliardi, Dimitri and Malik, Khaleel (2008) The growth and management of R&D outsourcing: evidence from UK pharmaceuticals. R&D Management, 38, (2), 205-219. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00508.x).

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Outsourcing of research and development (R&D) activities has become a major management issue for R&D and technical managers within firms. It has also been of growing concern to academics who are trying to chart the implications of the increasingly distributed nature of research and innovative activities in advanced economies. This study is based on a survey of research-based pharmaceutical companies operating in the United Kingdom conducted in 2004–2006. The aim of this paper is to outline the main reasons for pharmaceutical firms to outsource R&D and the management practices followed by such companies in relation to outsourcing. The research results provide interesting findings in relation to, for example, the reasons behind outsourcing, the decision-making processes behind such practices and barriers to outsourcing arrangements. These issues are evaluated together with the characteristics of the firms and the specific project outsourced

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0033-6807 (print)
1467-9310 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law
ePrint ID: 195691
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 14:13
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:45
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/195691

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