Unpacking the role of industry associations

By: Andrew Watkins, Dinar Kale, Julius Mugwagwa, Theo Papaioannou
Funding Body - Leverhulme Trust
Funding period - Tuesday 01 October 2013

This project tries to get inside the black box of innovation and politics, researching whether and in what ways biopharmaceutical associations in developing countries promote technological capabilities and effective governance of health innovation. The overarching aim is to produce a theoretically embedded, empirically-grounded, and policy relevant analysis of the role of biopharmaceutical associations in knowledge diffusion and governance. Social scientific research has a gap in understanding this role in developing countries. The activities of biopharmaceutical associations are a persistent blind spot. In this research project, the focus is on India and South Africa. The main objectives are:

  • To advance understanding of the under-researched role of pharmaceutical industry associations in diffusion and governance of technological innovation and knowledge.

  • To make a detailed investigation of the practical impact of this role on health delivery in developing countries.

  • To compare the distinct innovation and governance capabilities of industry associations in emerging biopharmaceutical powers.

  • To provide high quality academic and policy outputs.

Publications

Journal papers

  • “National innovation systems, developing countries, and the role of intermediaries: a critical review of the literature” - Research Policy (Under Review) 
  •  “The Role of Industry Associations in Health Innovation and Politics of Development: the Cases of South Africa and India” - Business and Politics (Under Review)

Academic conferences and workshops

  • National innovation systems, developing countries, and the role of intermediaries: a critical review of the literature, presented at the 15th International Schumpeter Society Conference 2014, Jena, Germany, 27-30 July
  • The role of industry associations in health innovation and politics of development: The case of South Africa and India, presented at the 15th International Schumpeter Society Conference 2014, Jena, Germany, 27-30 July

Policy brief

  • A policy brief entitled “The changing role of South African bio-pharma industry associations and implications for development of healthcare innovation capacities” 

 

Presentations & Events

  • New OU research to explore health innovations in developing countries

http://www.open.ac.uk/about/international-development/news/new-ou-research-explore-health-innovations-developing-countries?

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