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One Political Economy, One Competitive Strategy? – Comparing Pharmaceutical Firms in Germany, Italy, and the UK - Oxford Scholarship Online
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One Political Economy, One Competitive Strategy?: Comparing Pharmaceutical Firms in Germany, Italy, and the UK

Andrea M. Herrmann


This book examines how firms adapt to the pressures of increasing international competition by testing both the arguments on ‘strategy specialization’ proposed in the competitiveness literature in general, and those offered by contributors to the ‘varieties of capitalism’ debate in particular. If different economies are characterized by distinct institutional arrangements — successful firms would be the ones that exploit their comparative advantages and specialize in the competitive strategies facilitated by national institutions. The book begins with an assessment of how many pharmaceutical f ... More

Keywords: varieties of capitalism, corporate competitiveness, innovation strategies, institutions, comparative advantages, industrial relations, corporate governance, antitrust legislation, pharmaceutical industry

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199543434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea M. Herrmann, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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