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Main Title: Leadership and cooperation as success factors in innovative R&D projects on electronic platforms
Author(s): Heinz, Ulrike
Baga, Tünde
Gebert, Diether
Kearney, Eric
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Purpose – This study examines 56 R&D projects, in each of which several organizations cooperate via an electronic system platform. The aim was to examine the relationships among leadership, cooperation, and project success (product improvements). Design/methodology/approach – The paper investigates to what degree the relative importance of different aspects of leadership and cooperation in R&D projects on electronic platforms differs depending upon situational conditions. Findings – Given a low level of electronic system and process integration, the frequency of personal contacts makes a significant contribution to explaining success variance. The quality of communication (team trust) is particularly important in the case of a high degree of electronic linkage. Enhancement of team spirit is more conductive to success in larger groups. Ensuring frequent personal contacts and clarifying goals, tasks, and responsibilities, respectively, contributes significantly to explaining success variance in large projects (but not in small ones). In projects with a great degree of task novelty (exploration), trustful communication becomes particularly important. Research limitations/implications – The sample was rather small, as is the population of interorganizational cooperative projects that was studied. Further research is needed in regard to the moderator effects that is posited. Practical implications – Knowing what is important in a particular project configuration makes it possible to take informed action with respect to the success criterion. Originality/value – The paper shows how, in the context of R&D projects on electronic platforms, the relative importance of different aspects of leadership and cooperation depends on the specific project characteristics.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2006
Date Available: 11-Dec-2019
DDC Class: 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Subject(s): digital communication systems
research and development
team working
contingency planning
Journal Title: Team Performance Management: An International Journal
Publisher: Emerald
Publisher Place: Bingley 
Volume: 12
Issue: 3/4
Publisher DOI: 10.1108/13527590610674077
Page Start: 66
Page End: 76
EISSN: 1758-6860
ISSN: 1352-7592
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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