Organisational patterns in new product development: contrasting The Netherlands, Finland and Portugal

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Weerd-Nederhof de, Petra C. and Bos, Ger J. and Visscher, Klaasjan and Gomes, Jorge F. and Kekäle, Tauno (2007) Organisational patterns in new product development: contrasting The Netherlands, Finland and Portugal. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research , 1 (3). pp. 315-336. ISSN 1751-0252

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Abstract:Companies pursuing competitive advantage through continuous innovation are confronted with the tension between today's work and tomorrow's innovation. This paper reports on the search for so-called patterns in NPD. In order to investigate whether different types of consistent NPD configurations might be identified through a quantitative research design, a quick scan using a structured questionnaire was carried out in Dutch, Portuguese and Finnish firms (n = 82). The results highlight some practices in NPD configurations that could be related to key success factors identified in best practice studies, such as a dedicated project organisation, an organisational culture fostering personal engagement and encouraging individuality and creativity, and a strategic NPD programme with a long-term thrust. The results also indicate a pattern of variety among the different countries and a first indication of possible relationships between NPD strategy, structure and culture based on a bivariate correlation analysis.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJBIR.2007.012114
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