Managing Global Product Development Teams: a mixed-methods study of (Knowledge) Governance Mechanisms
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Author/sMüller, Britta Annette
Discipline/sAdministración y Dirección de Empresas
Subject/sOrganización y Gestión de Empresas
Multinational companies (MNCs) have ceased to concentrate their product development activities on their home countries. To deliver innovative products for global markets that meet local customer demands, MNCs increasingly rely on global teams which often combine global product expertise with local market insights. This dissertation seeks to enhance the understanding of managing such teams by exploring the governance mechanisms applied to manage global teams. More specifically, this dissertation (1) enquires about the governance mechanisms applied to govern global product development teams, (2) explores the impact these governance mechanisms have on product development performance, (3) identifies context factors for the governance and performance of global product development teams and (4) derives practical advice for managers of global product development. While this dissertation studies context factors of global product development, it explicitly keeps some of these context factors co...