This study aims to examine the location determinants of market expansion of the biotechnology industry to China’s second-tier cities.
The authors involved 68 top management officials of biopharmaceutical firms in China by applying triangulation data collection, which comprises depth interview, questionnaire survey and focus group discussion.
Data collection results reveal the following: 20 location determinants are determined and categorized into 5 clusters (i.e. 3 cost/tax factors, 5 demand factors, 1 macroeconomic factor, 3 socio-political factors and 8 strategic factors); among these 20 factors, 9 factors contribute to firm benefits, 5 factors open opportunities for business growth and 6 factors pose potential risks.
This study proposes a framework of location determinants for biotech pharmaceutical industry in expanding second-tier cities of China market. The findings of this study can be used as a reference for multinational companies, specifically in market expansion to second-tier cities in China.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the valuable comments and suggestions of the editor and anonymous referees. This work is partially supported by the National Science Council of the Republic of China to the first author.
Wang, K.-J., Dwi Lestari, Y. and Yang, T.-T. (2015), "Location determinants of market expansion in China’s second-tier cities: a case study of the biotechnology industry", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 139-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-03-2012-0048
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