Senior management support in the new product development process

J.F. Gomes, Jorge Gomes, Petronella C. de Weerd-Nederhof, Alan Pearson, O.A.M. Fisscher

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This paper studies the relationship between senior management support to new product development activities by means of a quantitative and qualitative analysis of questionnaire and interview data collected in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The quantitative analysis showed that there is a small to medium association between senior management support to new product development and project performance in the dimensions of time, cost, and end product quality. The qualitative analysis suggests that these weak links could be explained by separating the influence of senior management support on new product development activities into direct and indirect effects. Direct effects include issues such as the use of multifunctional senior teams and process champions, whereas indirect effects include issues such as organization mission and goals, and learning and knowledge management systems.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)234-242
Number of pages9
JournalCreativity and innovation management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • METIS-200346
  • IR-58339

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