Family Firm Innovation in the Global Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Alessandra PerriEmail author
  • Enzo Peruffo


This chapter describes the global pharmaceutical industry, focusing on its most important characteristics and competitive dynamics. Several features of this industry question the fit of families as an adequate ownership and governance category. This chapter devotes special attention to analyzing the role of innovation, in reference to established literature that has extensively investigated the most important technological trajectories and discontinuities that characterize the industry’s evolution, and focuses on the most recent technological dynamics and current organization of innovative activities. Finally, a dedicated focus on the Italian context helps illustrate the country-level environmental conditions that shape the conduct of Italian family firms, as analyzed in Chap.  5.


Global pharmaceutical industry Innovation process Italian pharmaceutical industry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementCa’ Foscari UniversityVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business and ManagementLUISS Guido CarliRomeItaly

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