The Relationship between Team Communication, Structure, and Academic R&D Performance: Empirical Evidence of the National Telecommunication Program in Taiwan

15 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013

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Chia‐Liang Hung

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Shan-Jan Kuo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tse-Ping Dong

National Taiwan Normal University

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

This research evaluates the frontier National Telecommunication Program (NTP) in Taiwan using the data envelopment analysis approach and analyzes the influence of team communication and structure on R&D performance by establishing a structural equation modeling relationship. The results show that team communication is highly correlated with R&D performance. The high‐scored projects have internal communication patterns with a higher meeting frequency but shorter dialogue duration, a uniform distribution of regular meetings, a scheme for the lower hierarchy to meet with the project leader, a well‐managed channel to access accumulative expertise, and an open forum for communication. They also have external communication patterns with a gatekeeper bridging inward and outward information, a lower frequency of time‐consuming external sourcing, and a higher frequency of external cooperation, referencing, learning, and benchmarking. Though team structure has no significant influence on R&D performance, the high‐scored research group focused more on the structural dimensions of research strategy, laboratory management, and motivation incentives. This research will provide effective principles of project management to team leaders and industrial policy guidelines to program sponsors.

Suggested Citation

Hung, Chia‐Liang and Kuo, Shan-Jan and Dong, Tse-Ping, The Relationship between Team Communication, Structure, and Academic R&D Performance: Empirical Evidence of the National Telecommunication Program in Taiwan (March 2013). R&D Management, Vol. 43, Issue 2, pp. 121-135, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225705 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12004

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Tse-Ping Dong

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