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    The Drivers of Transnational Subsidiary Evolution: The Upgrading of Process R&D in the Irish Pharmaceutical Industry


    Van Egeraat, Chris and Breathnach, Proinnsias (2012) The Drivers of Transnational Subsidiary Evolution: The Upgrading of Process R&D in the Irish Pharmaceutical Industry. Regional Studies, 46 (9). pp. 1153-1167. ISSN 0034-3404

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    Abstract

    The drivers of transnational subsidiary evolution: the upgrading of process R&D in the Irish pharmaceutical industry, Regional Studies. This paper contributes to the theory of subsidiary evolution in large corporations through an examination of the driving forces behind upgrading of process research and development (R&D) activities in the Irish pharmaceutical industry. Drawing on a survey of pharmaceutical plants and interviews with transnational pharmaceutical plants, it is shown that vigorous growth is occurring in the incidence of process R&D. The paper supports the utility of a multilevel systems perspective on subsidiary evolution. The external environment, internal environment and subsidiary drivers are seen to drive upgrading in a systemic way. The primary drivers for the subsidiaries’ enhanced role are located in the global external environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2012.657620
    Keywords: Transnational corporations; Subsidiary evolution; Research and development; R&D; Pharmaceutical industry; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 6146
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2012.657620
    Depositing User: Dr. Chris Van Egeraat
    Date Deposited: 25 May 2015 14:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Regional Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
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