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

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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. © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-219
Number of pages14
JournalR and D Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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