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    The Irish pharmaceutical industry over the boom period and beyond


    Van Egeraat, Chris and Barry, Frank (2009) The Irish pharmaceutical industry over the boom period and beyond. Irish Geography, 42 (1). pp. 23-44. ISSN 0075-0778

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    Abstract

    The pharmaceutical industry was one of the strongest performing sectors of the Celtic Tiger era. During the past two decades, employment growth in the sector has been strong and continuous, even when, in recent years, employment in other manufacturing sectors has been contracting. Although positive in itself, from a dynamic regional development perspective it is important to explore the qualitative changes in the types of activities that are conducted in Ireland. Adopting a global production network approach, the paper examines Ireland’s changing role in global production networks within the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the different components of manufacturing and research and development (R&D). The analysis shows that Ireland’s involvement in manufacturing has shifted in the direction of relatively higher value generating activities. Within R&D, although the level of value creation has increased substantially, Ireland’s involvement nonetheless remains concentrated in the (relatively) lower value generating activities of the global R&D network. In addition, the sector remains strongly dominated by foreign companies so that a large share of the created value is not captured within Ireland

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1080/00750770902815604
    Keywords: R&D; pharmaceutical; Ireland; global production networks;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 6138
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00750770902815604
    Depositing User: Dr. Chris Van Egeraat
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 15:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
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