External Innovation Implementation Determinants and Performance Measurement: A Case Study from the Pharmaceutical Industry

Matthew Coates, Lydia Bals

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    With an increasing amount of externally sourced innovations, a major success factor for innovation-dependent industries such as the pharmaceutical industry is to successfully implement innovations from outside. Existing frameworks emphasize creating a strong climate for implementation by developing the learning capabilities of the organization, but
    there is still much to be learned about the process of implementing innovations that have been in-sourced by companies. As a research setting that is particularly innovation-driven and not well-studied yet, this study examines the key determinants for innovation implementation based on a case study in the pharmaceutical industry. The results of 25 expert
    interviews and a survey with 67 respondents led to the resulting framework and a corresponding performance measurement system. The results reveal the importance of supporting systems and show differences in perception of early and late Research & Development functions.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTechnology and Investment
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)131-143
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Innovation
    • Implementation
    • Adoption
    • Technology

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