Pharmaceutical Learning and Collaborative Networks - A Qualitative Case Study

T.W. Parsons, T.W. Jackson, and R. Dawson (UK)


Collaboration, pharmaceutical, R&D, innovation, knowledge, strategy.


The use of collaborative learning in the pharmaceutical industry is an important part of the drug development process yet it is rarely studied in depth. The following paper looks at the role collaborative learning plays within the innovative processes of a large pharmaceutical firm and suggests a framework that allows an organisation to strategically model a collaborative environment that is conducive to innovation. The framework identifies key areas of the drug development project, which should be discussed in line with the collaborative tool requirements of the employees. A theoretical ontology based tool is briefly discussed to capture and identify how the drug project teams are innovating and provide pharmaceutical employees with collaborative tools, which accurately reflect their collaborative and knowledge needs.

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