Organisational patterns in new product development: contrasting The Netherlands, Finland and Portugal

Petronella C. de Weerd-Nederhof, G.J. Bos, Klaasjan Visscher, Jorge F. Gomes, Tauno Kekäle

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Companies pursuing competitive advantage through continuous innovation are confronted with the tension between today's work and tomorrow's innovation. This paper reports on the search for so-called patterns in NPD. In order to investigate whether different types of consistent NPD configurations might be identified through a quantitative research design, a quick scan using a structured questionnaire was carried out in Dutch, Portuguese and Finnish firms (n = 82). The results highlight some practices in NPD configurations that could be related to key success factors identified in best practice studies, such as a dedicated project organisation, an organisational culture fostering personal engagement and encouraging individuality and creativity, and a strategic NPD programme with a long-term thrust. The results also indicate a pattern of variety among the different countries and a first indication of possible relationships between NPD strategy, structure and culture based on a bivariate correlation analysis.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)315-336
Number of pages22
JournalInternational journal of business innovation and research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • New product development
  • Innovation
  • NPD
  • NPD configurations
  • Critical Success Factors
  • organisational culture
  • Finland
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • contingency theory
  • best practice
  • METIS-235379
  • IR-59863
  • organisational design

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