Globalizing research: making the new structure work


  • Research organization in a top ten pharma company
  • New global organization created from seven pre-existing globally dispersed and operational autonomous research units
  • Challenge was to operationalize the new global structure


  • Major program working with leadership teams of Research and Development to examine the issues resulting at the R to D interface
    • Program initiated to define operational strategy – processes, governance, infrastructure to support the new organization
    • Implementation plan – supported by program and project management tools
    • Stakeholder engagement program closely aligned with implementation plan


  • Internal Research population bought into the new structure early on – harnessing organisational will to change and managing resistance effectively
  • Implementation of new operational strategy closely monitored and managed –enabling intervention and revision as and when required, retaining momentum
  • Operations designed to compensate for inherent weaknesses in the structure
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