Title: Market Orientation: Is it Accepted as a 21st Century Marketing Strategy in the Pharmaceutical Industry? An Example: Spain
Authors: GUTIERREZ DE MESA EmmaREINARES LARA Pedro
Citation: Journal of Medical Marketing vol. 6 no. 4 p. 260-267
Publisher: Palgrave Mcmillan
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC36166
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36166
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Following two decades of theoretical contributions to the market orientation concept, today not only the essential details of its application but also its possible effects and benefits have been agreed upon. Numerous studies have confirmed the viability and advantages of a market orientation strategy in different sectors and markets. Thus it surprises, given the nature of the pharmaceutical industry, that there is a relative absence of references on the application of these principles in this industry. The present study attempts to provide an exploratory research into the reasons for this absence. For this purpose a semi-structured telephone interview was carried out with the managing directors of 30 Spanish pharmaceutical companies. The exploratory research carried out provides relevant insights. The surprising lack of knowledge of the concept and therefore its apparent lack of application in the pharmaceutical industry appears to run counter to the logic and necessary innovation-orientation in this industry.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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