Tools for Innovation Management: A Comparison of Lean Startup and the Stage Gate System

10 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2014

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Joseph DelVecchio

Rowan University

Frederick White

Rowan University

Steven Phelan

Kennesaw State University

Date Written: December 2, 2013

Abstract

This paper compares and contrasts the Stage-Gate and Lean Startup methodologies, both two popular approaches for launching new products and services. Although they were formed in different time periods, build on different theoretical traditions, and have targeted different audiences, there is enough commonality to demonstrate how the two respective methodologies have borrowed from one another and, in turn, might inform each other moving forward. We predict that the two theories will converge over time to form a set of best practices in new product development.

Keywords: lean startup, product innovation, stage gate, new product development

JEL Classification: O32

Suggested Citation

DelVecchio, Joseph and White, Frederick and Phelan, Steven, Tools for Innovation Management: A Comparison of Lean Startup and the Stage Gate System (December 2, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2534138

Joseph DelVecchio

Rowan University ( email )

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Frederick White

Rowan University ( email )

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United States

Steven Phelan (Contact Author)

Kennesaw State University ( email )

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Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

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