Decision Making in R&D Outsourcing: A Systematic Approach from the Pharmaceutical Industry

Lydia Bals, Kyra Kneis, Christine Lemke

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    In an increasingly competitive environment, the pharmaceutical industry faces increasing R&D costs and longer development times, which increase a product’s time to market. Therefore, the issue of costs and outsourcing of
    R&D is increasing in importance, but systematic approaches for understanding the decision making process on R&D outsourcing are lacking. To address this gap, we present a framework developed in the context of a multinational pharmaceutical company. The framework builds on general make-or-buy frameworks and incorporates specificities of the service and knowledge-driven areas of pharmaceutical research. Tactical and strategic outsourcing considerations are reflected in the framework, which also reflects the increased fine slicing of activities beyond the common dichotomy of core and non-core activities. The framework may be applicable insimilar R&D-intensive settings and it therefore contributes to the emerging area of research into decision
    making processes on outsourcing in knowledge-intensive industries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
    EditorsShige Makingo , Tunga Kiyak
    Place of PublicationEast Lansing, MI
    PublisherAcademy of International Business
    Publication date2011
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventAIB 2011 Annual Meeting: International Business for Sustainable World Development - Nagoya, Japan
    Duration: 24 Jun 201128 Jun 2011
    Conference number: 53


    ConferenceAIB 2011 Annual Meeting
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings

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