Understanding Antecedents of New Product Development Speed: A Meta-Analysis

Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 17-33, January 2010

49 Pages Posted: 5 May 2010

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Jiyao Chen

Oregon State University

Fariborz Damanpour

Rutgers Business School, Newark

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Date Written: May 4, 2010

Abstract

New product development (NPD) speed is a key component of time-based strategy, which has become increasingly important for managing innovation in a fast-changing business environment. This meta-analytic review assesses the generalizability of the relationships between NPD speed and 17 of its antecedents to provide a better understanding of the salient and cross-situationally consistent factors that affect NPD speed. We grouped the antecedents into four categories of strategy, project, process, and team, and found that process and team characteristics are more generalizable and cross-situationally consistent determinants of NPD speed than strategy and project characteristics. We also conducted subgroup analyses and found that research method variables, such as level of analysis, source of data, and measurement of speed, moderate the relationships between NPD speed and its antecedents. We apply the study’s findings to assess several models of NPD speed, such as the balanced model of product development, the strategic orientation and organizational capability model, the compression versus the experiential model, the centrifugal and centripetal model, and the product development cycle time model. We also discuss the implications of our findings for research and practice.

Keywords: Innovation speed, antecedents of NPD speed, time-based strategy, meta-analysis

JEL Classification: M11, M13, M31

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jiyao and Damanpour, Fariborz and Reilly, Richard R., Understanding Antecedents of New Product Development Speed: A Meta-Analysis (May 4, 2010). Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 17-33, January 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1600484

Jiyao Chen (Contact Author)

Oregon State University ( email )

Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
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Fariborz Damanpour

Rutgers Business School, Newark ( email )

111 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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