Is there still value in strategic group research?

Graham Leask

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This paper offers a selected review of strategic group theory and seeks to explore the benefits and limitations of modern strategic group analysis within the context of the Pharmaceutical Industry. The rise and fall of strategic group research is reviewed and some suggestions advanced as to the reasons why strategic group research has often produced conflicting results, particularly with regard to the link between group membership and performance. The review concludes that strategic group research continues to offer a valuable way to classify firms by their strategy and provides some suggestions as to how future studies may avoid the pitfalls exposed by previous research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)1-85449-593-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

Publication series

NameAston Business School research papers
PublisherAston University

Bibliographical note

Aston Business School Research Papers are published by the Institute to bring the results of research in progress to a wider audience and to facilitate discussion. They will normally be published in a revised form subsequently and the agreement of the authors should be obtained before referring to its contents in other published works.


  • strategic groups
  • performance
  • pharmaceutical industry


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