Title: Innovation networks in the biopharmaceutical sector: a study of UK small- and medium-sized enterprises

Authors: Calin Gurau

Addresses: Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Organisations et le Management (CEROM), Ecole Superieure de Commerce Montpellier, 2300 avenue des Moulins – BP 3139, 34034 Montpellier Cedex 01, France

Abstract: Innovation is considered one of the most important strategic and competitive elements of a successful biopharmaceutical firm. The small- and medium-sized firms need to participate in innovation networks in order to attract or outsource the necessary resources for the successful development of new projects. The complexity of the product development cycle forces the firm to participate in multiple networks, fulfilling various roles. This study investigates the structure and the dynamics of innovation networks in the UK biopharmaceutical sector, analysing the networking approach and the roles adopted by biopharmaceutical SMEs.

Keywords: innovation networks; SMEs; UK biopharmaceutical sector; collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2005.006338

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.85 - 102

Available online: 22 Feb 2005 *

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