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In search of the missing hand of "collaborative action": evidence from the Indian medical device industry

Kale, Dinar and Wield, David (2019). In search of the missing hand of "collaborative action": evidence from the Indian medical device industry. Innovation and Development, 9(1) pp. 1–23.

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Abstract

Some emerging countries have made significant progress in developing local pharmaceutical and biotechnology but had less success in building medical device industries. This paper explores the weak development of local medical device industries by analysing the contrasting evolutionary trajectories of Indian healthcare technology sectors. The Indian pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries have emerged as leading global suppliers of generic drugs and vaccines, in marked contrast to the medical devices industry. This paper reveals that weak collaborative linkage between medical device manufacturers and the Indian health system, largely absent systemic and cross-sectoral linkages, and weak communication between industry and government policy makers have become a huge barrier to the development of the Indian medical device industry in the contemporary neo-liberal environment. The weak connection between technology and industrial policy and healthcare policy objectives has severely hampered both development of national technological capabilities and the creation of affordable healthcare.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 2157-9318
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: India; healthcare; medical devices; capabilities; pharmaceuticals; biotechnology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 53049
Depositing User: Dinar Kale
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 16:11
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 06:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53049
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