How pharmaceutical firms balance availability and profitability of their products

IMG_0094-2A new bachelor thesis project supervised by Marcus Holgersson in the innovation and intellectual property research group explores how firms in the pharmaceutical industry strategically balance the availability of their products to those who need it, especially in developing countries, with the profitability in order to cover R&D investments. The group is driven by a curiosity in how technological, societal, and financial goals, opportunities, and challenges can be matched. The project will be based on interview data as well as secondary data, with the aim of exploring what kind of strategies there currently are, what the challenges with them are, and how firms, organizations, and the society at large can change in order to better combine availability with profitability.

The group consists of Carl Ahlstrand, Jonathan Boman, Arvid Hanson, Christoffer Lindgren, Sara Locher, and Annie Milde from the Industrial Engineering and Management program at Chalmers University of Technology:

- We really look forward to discussing this fascinating and difficult question with representatives of pharmaceutical companies, as well as researchers or representatives from organizations active in the field.

If you are interested in the topic and want to contribute with your viewpoints and experience, please reach out to the group: jboman@student.chalmers.se 

Marcus Holgersson receives the honorary prize from students

Marcus HolgerssonMarcus Holgersson has received the honorary prize from the students of the Industrial Engineering and Management Program for his teaching at Chalmers University of Technology and for his work with the UC Berkeley summer program.

The motivation follows in Swedish: “I:arnas hederspris år 2017 går till en lärare som är pedagogisk och kunnig, men även är mån om elevernas lärande. Personen har en väldigt positiv inställning och en glad personlighet som sprider sig till studenterna. Med sin insats och otroliga engagemang under Berkeley-utbytet i somras bidrog denna person med internships till alla studenterna, flera intressanta studiebesök inom olika industrier, sökte ett stipendium som eleverna sedan fick dela på, samt ordnade så att studenterna fick studera på Berkeley-fakulteten istället för att endast nyttja lokalerna. I:arnas hederspris år 2017 går till Marcus Holgersson.”

 

World Open Innovation Conference 2017

In December our researchers Marcus Holgersson and Sarah van Santen attended the World Open Innovation Conference in San Francisco. The conference started with a visit to NASA Ames, and continued with several interesting paper presentations and challenging practitioner sessions, as well as inspiring keynote speeches by David Teece, Arati Prabhakar, Bill Ruh, and many more. The importance of open innovation and innovation management was emphasized in the context of current developments, such as digitalization.

Marcus Holgersson chaired a session on open innovation ecosystems, with presentations by Serena Flammini, Rebecca Karp, and Amadou Lo. Topics discussed included platform strategies, business model innovation, and ecosystem design.

Sarah van Santen presented a paper (co-authored with Marcus Holgersson) on startups’ decision to engage in open innovation. Based on multiple case studies with digital startups, the paper discusses firms’ reasons for ‘opening up’, the process that leads to this decision, and the resulting intellectual property strategies consisting of mutually reinforcing closed and open components.

Sarah van Santen WOIC 2017

Happy New Digitalization Year!

In 2018 many firms and industries will embark on or continue on their digitalization journeys. A consequence is that firms’ resource bases are diversified into digital technologies, not seldom related to some form of information and communication technologies requiring collaboration and interoperability to reach their full potential. Technology and intellectual property (IP) strategy need to account for this change, by shifting some focus from core and enabling technologies and IP to complementary and substitute technologies and IP, and from proprietary control to controlled accessibility. Read our paper on how to adjust technology and IP strategy accordingly. It is available here, press download PDF at the top of the page for a free download of the paper:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024630117303527

Winning student team in innovation economics course

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Marcus Holgersson and Ove Granstrand currently teach a course in innovation economics. Part of the course is a series of games, the “IME Award”, where student teams analyze problems and questions related to innovation economics. The team “Just in Case” has done a great job and won the competition. The winning team has, in competition with 17 other teams, proven excellent analytical skills within economic analysis of innovation. Congratulations to Jakob Dalenbäck, Erik Gedda, Axel Gerebrink, Anton Lindegren, and Justin Lundgren.

 

We are growing: Welcome Sarah van Santen

Sarah van Santen

Starting from June 2017, Sarah van Santen (MSc Organization Studies) joined the Innovation and Intellectual Property Research Group as a doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology, department of Technology Management and Economics. Her research will focus on firms’ strategies of innovation and IP management in a variety of contexts, especially in digitalizing industries and with special interest in various forms of open innovation.

UC Berkeley Summer Program

Today Marcus Holgersson introduced the UC Berkeley Summer Program for Chalmers students. Over the course of this summer 37 Swedish students will take classes at UC Berkeley, visit some of the most interesting companies in Silicon Valley, and do projects on business development in startups.

Marcus comments: “Two years ago I started working on this program, and today I am really happy to finally see so many excited students here in Berkeley.”

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Video summary of how IP management contributes to competitive advantage

Our researcher Marcus Holgersson was by PRV and Vinnova appointed to make a review of extant research on how management of intellectual property contributes to the competitive advantage of various actors within an innovation context. The results from the review are collected in areport, and this short video summarizes the main findings (in Swedish). You can read more about the seminar at which the video was shown here: https://www.prv.se/sv/om-oss/nyheter/immateriella-tillgangar-innovationskraft-och-tillvaxt–hur-hanger-det-ihop/

We’re hiring!

We are looking for a new PhD student who will take part in our research aiming at exploring and explaining the role of intellectual property management for various business strategies in order to create sustainable innovativeness and competitiveness in connection to digitalization.

Read more here.

One of the most cited publications in the field of management and economics of IP

111We are proud that one of our researchers, Ove Granstrand, has published one of the most cited works on management and eocnomics of IP and it recently passed 900 Google scholar citations. The book, titled “The Economics and Management of Intellectual Property – Towards Intellectual Capitalism”, was published in 1999 as a result from extensive field research in Europe, Japan and the US. As a research based book it has stood the test of time and and has since its publication provided a foundation for subsequent works, both in academia and in industry. The book has also been frequently used in teaching in various countries.

ovebooksOve Granstrand on the background to why the book was written: “I started to work on this book during a time when IP issues were still backstage, with the idea that the shift to pro-patent policies in the US in the 80s would move IP frontstage in the rest of the world as well. Besides, I have always been interested in IP issues, patents in particular, as they involve management, economics, law and technology in so many exciting ways. This interest was way back fueled by my failures in dealing with patents as a student.”

In his review of intellectual property rights business management practices (Technovation, 2006), Petr Hanel described the book as ”the most comprehensive study examining IP use, management and strategies in general”.

Find information about the book here.