Antecedents and Consequences of Team Stability on New Product Development Performance

24 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2012

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Gary Lynn

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Ali Akgun

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 25, 2012

Abstract

Group member change or team stability is a popular and important topic in the group and organizational behavior literature. Team member stability is viewed as a critical factor for an effectively functioning and performing group. Even though there is a plethora of studies on group member change and stability, research on member stability in cross-functional new product development teams is still lacking. This study explores the antecedent factors that impact new product development team stability as well as its consequences. By studying 211 new product teams, we found: (1) the most direct antecedents of team stability are goal stability and goal support; and (2) team stability has a significantly positive effect on outcome variables including team learning and cycle time. This study also shows that team stability may not be universally good; under some circumstances, such as when there is a high degree of market and technical turbulence, team instability can be advantageous.

Suggested Citation

Lynn, Gary S. and Akgun, Ali, Antecedents and Consequences of Team Stability on New Product Development Performance (September 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2151898 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2151898

Gary S. Lynn (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Ali Akgun

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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