GlaxoSmithKline PESTEL Analysis

GlaxoSmithKline PESTEL Analysis GlaxoSmithKline PESTEL Analysis. The level of implementation of  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) marketing strategy is subject to a range of external and internal factors that shape overall marketing environment for the business. PESTEL strategic analytical tool can be used to study the impacts of external factors to the business where the abbreviation stands for political, economical, social, technological, ecological, and legal factors.


Political factors affecting the implementation of GSK marketing strategy include possible changes in international trade regulation and competitive regulation likely to be introduced by the governments of China and India.

Economic factors impacting GSK marketing strategy include high rate of economic growth in China and India. Moreover, current economic uncertainties associated with European markets might have negative implications on the marketing strategy

Social factors with potential implications on GSK marketing strategy are changes in consumer lifestyles, shifts in consumer attitudes and opinions etc. However, Cameron (2012) specifies increasing level of customer resentment towards large amounts of profits made by pharmaceutical companies and sliding images of large pharmaceutical companies as the most significant social factor in the current environment.

Technological factors include breakthroughs in pharmaceutical industry, issues associated with licensing and patenting drug manufacturing technology, as well as, the level of development of industry technology.

Ecological factors also have specific implications on GSK marketing strategy that include problems related to global warming, and impact to the environment of GSK activities, and the reaction of stakeholders to this impact.

Legal factors as one of the most important factors involve rules and regulations directly and indirectly related to GSK operations in local markets, as well as, European law and international trade rules, regulations and agreements.