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


With an increasing amount of externally sourced innovations, a major success factor for innovation-dependent indus- tries 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 deter- minants 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 meas- urement system. The results reveal the importance of supporting systems and show differences in perception of early and late Research & Development functions.

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M. Coates and L. Bals, "External Innovation Implementation Determinants and Performance Measurement: A Case Study from the Pharmaceutical Industry," Technology and Investment, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2013, pp. 131-143. doi: 10.4236/ti.2013.42016.

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