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"Antecedents and consequences of teamwork quality in new product development projects: an empirical investigation"
Mumin DayanCollege of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, andC. Anthony Di BenedettoFox School of Business and Management, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the quality of interactions among new product development team members, wherein functional diversity, team stability, and transactive memory system are antecedents of teamwork quality. Three measures of outcomes are used (team learning, speed to market, and product success), and task complexity is a moderating variable.Design/methodology/approach – A theoretical model was developed and tested on the survey data collected from 93 product managers of Turkish companies. The product managers who participated in this study represented various industries including those of telecommunications, food, material, software, machinery, chemicals, and service technologies.Findings – An inverted-U impact of both functional diversity and team stability on teamwork quality was found, and a positive impact of transactive memory system on teamwork quality. Teamwork quality was significantly related to improved performance, and task complexity moderates this relationship.Originality/value – The paper is the first attempt to explore the role antecedents and its outcomes in NPD teams.
Keywords: Product development, Product innovation, Schedule-based ordering, Team performance, Team working, Turkey
This article only appeared in Volume 12 Number 1, 2009, pp. 129-55, of European Journal of Innovation ManagementEditors: Dr Mohammed Rafiq and Dr Catherine L Wang
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