Quotation Crispeels, Thomas, Willems, Jurgen, Scheerlinck, Ilse. 2018. Public–private collaborations in drug development: boosting innovation or alleviating risk? Public Management Review. 20 (2), 273-292.




Consistent with popular belief among certain academics, practitioners, and policy makers, we hypothesize that collaboration between private and public organizations promotes success. We test this hypothesis for data on clinical trial success. Contrary to this popular belief, our results do not support the beneficial effect of within- and cross-sector collaborations. In contrast, we find that trials from single private companies are four times more likely to be successful than are trials in which public and private organizations collaborate. Hence, our results indicate that companies engage with public partners to mitigate development risks, not to exchange knowledge or technologies with them.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Public Management Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Public–private collaborations in drug development: boosting innovation or alleviating risk?
Volume 20
Number 2
Year 2018
Page from 273
Page to 292
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315342491_Public-private_collaborations_in_drug_development_boosting_innovation_or_alleviating_risk
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2017.1302247
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Crispeels, Thomas (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Scheerlinck, Ilse (Vesalius College, Belgium)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1925 Knowledge management (Details)
3313 Pharmaceutical and drug analysis (Details)
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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