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Death Of Distance? — Biotechnology Agglomeration Patterns, Alliance Proximity, And Firm Performance

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  • MARK J. AHN

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    (Faculties of Commerce & Administration and Science, Victoria University of Wellington, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand 6140, New Zealand)

  • MICHAEL D. MEEKS

    (San Francisco State University, USA)

  • SALLY DAVENPORT

    (Faculty of Commerce & Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

  • REBECCA BEDNAREK

    (Faculty of Commerce & Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

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    Leading biopharmaceutical firms need to dynamically optimize pipeline portfolios of internally and externally generated product candidates to ensure sustainable growth. This paper provides an empirical analysis of leading global biotechnology firms with respect to technology agglomeration patterns, proximity to alliance partners, and firm performance for the period 1996–2006. Findings suggest that the absolute number of technology and product alliances were approximately twice as important as proximity to partners in terms of firm performance. These results indicate that a strategy of relentless pipeline building, without regard to geographic proximity of alliance partners, may enhance relative and absolute performance of biopharmaceutical industry leaders.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management.

    Volume (Year): 06 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 247-264

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijitmx:v:06:y:2009:i:03:p:247-264

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    Keywords: Biotechnology; agglomeration; clusters; proximity;

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    1. Colin Mason & Ross Brown, 2013. "Creating good public policy to support high-growth firms," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 211-225, February.

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