Cross‐Cutting Organizational and Demographic Divides and the Performance of Research and Development Teams: Two Wrongs Can Make a Right

18 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014

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Anja Iseke

University of Paderborn

Birgit Kocks

University of Paderborn

Martin R. Schneider

University of Trier - Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union; University of Paderborn

Conrad Schulze‐Bentrop

University of Paderborn

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

In interorganizational research and development (R&D) teams, diverse skills and insights may be combined productively, but the team members' differing organizational backgrounds may also inhibit team performance. In this paper, it is argued that interorganizational R&D teams are more likely to perform with a certain demographic composition. In particular, the problems of an organizational divide can be overcome by a second, demographic divide that cuts across organizational boundaries. With a cross‐cutting demographic divide – or faultline – interorganizational R&D teams may perform; without it, they tend to perform poorly. Supportive evidence is provided in a fuzzy‐set qualitative comparative analysis on 51 projects conducted in a single R&D partnership. As this implies, interorganizational R&D teams should deliberately be composed to show a cross‐cutting demographic divide.

Suggested Citation

Iseke, Anja and Kocks, Birgit and Schneider, Martin R. and Schulze‐Bentrop, Conrad, Cross‐Cutting Organizational and Demographic Divides and the Performance of Research and Development Teams: Two Wrongs Can Make a Right (January 2015). R&D Management, Vol. 45, Issue 1, pp. 23-40, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12049

Anja Iseke (Contact Author)

University of Paderborn ( email )

Birgit Kocks

University of Paderborn ( email )

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Martin R. Schneider

University of Trier - Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union ( email )

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Conrad Schulze‐Bentrop

University of Paderborn ( email )

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Paderborn, D-33098
Germany

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