Innovative breakthroughs, or even incremental improvements in products, are increasingly viewed as the key to business success. This work contains useful ideas for both practice and theory building from some of the world's leading thinkers on Product Development Teams (PDT's). Chapters address the "how's" and "why's" that underlie team effectiveness of PDT's including competencies, structures, processes and leadership as well as presenting actual cases for solid implementation.
List of contributors. Introduction (M.M. Beyerlein). Forword (D. Miner). Acknowledgments. Reflexivity, revolution, and innovation in work teams (M.A. West). Structuring research and development teams in the technological conversion process (L.B. Cardinal, D. Lei). Learning and knowledge management in team-based new product development organizations (S.A. Mohrman et al.). Support systems for teams: a taxonomy (C.A. Hall, M.M. Beyerlein). Team characteristics as enablers of fast product development speed (B.B. Flynn et al.). Mediation practices for knowledge-based teams (J.R. Barker, K.L. Domenici). Task effectiveness and the implementation of process methods: organizations in the dual pursuit of control and learning (L.D. Browning et al.). A dynamic theory for sustaining process improvement teams in product development (E.K. Keating, R. Oliva). A river runs between us: legitimate roles and enacted practices in cross-functional product development teams (K. Dooley et al.). About the editors.