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Title: The Greek pharmaceutical industry : a study of the national and sectoral interface within a system of innovation context
Author: Contrafouris-Emmanuel, John.
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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Forming part of the pre-existing Systems Thinking tradition, the Systems of Innovation (SI) approach has provided a robust set of tools and methodologies for the study of innovation at different levels, having managed to overcome many of the criticisms leveled on traditional Systems Thinking views. The study of national and sectoral systems of innovation, however, has resulted in the emergence of interesting questions regarding their 'coexistence'. The main question that this thesis aims to address is how the interplay of national and sectoral systems affects the decision making process at the micro leveL The Greek pharmaceutical industry was used as the point of focus during the study, having received little attention within the systems of innovation context. Studies of this nature traditionally concentrated on frontier systems such as the USA, UK and Japan. Using fundamental system concepts, an SI typology was constructed as the basis for national and sectoral system taxonomies; these laid the ground for a novel methodological approach, which combined SI tools within an Input/Output analysis in order to fully analyse the pharmaceutical industry at the microleveL The empirical data on the Greek pharmaceutical industry depict the ways its decision makers perceive the effects of national and sectoral system influences. The thesis demonstrates that national influences are still instrumental in shaping corporate decisions within all Greek pharmaceutical industry activities. This research constitutes the first study that focuses on the Greek pharmaceutical industry through a system of innovation perspective and the findings, combined with the use of novel methodological tools, could potentially form the basis of further examinations into the interplay of SI at various levels, affecting management strategies and policies. The thesis further contributes to SI theory by providing a new perspective on the study of national and sectoral systems of innovation and their coexistence at the microlevel and thus it could form the starting point for a new field of study within the SI literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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