The Impact of Leader Personality on New Product Development Teamwork and Performance: The Moderating Role of Uncertainty

Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 23, 221-247, 2006

27 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2012

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Zvi H. Aronson

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Gary Lynn

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

We examined the affect of leader personality on new product development (NPD) project performance under differing conditions of uncertainty. Our model posits teamwork as a mediating variable between leader personality and NPD performance.We hypothesized that the personality variable of openness would have a stronger influence on teamwork and NPD performance when uncertainty was high, and that the personality variables of extraversion, conscientiousness and stability would have a stronger indirect influence on NPD performance through teamwork when uncertainty was low. We used structural equation modeling to test two models of the influence of personality. In our study of 143 development projects, we support the importance of teamwork as a process variable linking leader personality to NPD performance and confirm that the effects of leader personality on these criteria depend on the level of uncertainty operating in NPD projects, thus substantiating all our hypotheses. Recommendations to re-consider hiring criteria and training for NPD project leaders are provided.

Keywords: Leader personality, Teamwork, New product development projects

Suggested Citation

Aronson, Zvi H. and Reilly, Richard R. and Lynn, Gary S., The Impact of Leader Personality on New Product Development Teamwork and Performance: The Moderating Role of Uncertainty (2006). Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 23, 221-247, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2043558

Zvi H. Aronson (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Gary S. Lynn

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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