New product development capability – A mechanism perspective

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Sihvonen, Antti
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-12T09:00:14Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-12T09:00:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-5801-6 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-5800-9 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4942 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (ISSN-L)
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/13762
dc.description.abstract New product development has become one of the central ways in which companies change their day-to-day activities. To understand how these changes take place, dynamic capability perspective offers a view into how organizations match and even create market change. These capabilities are driven by underlying mechanisms that I examine in this study to shed light on how a specific form of dynamic capabilities, i.e. new product development capability generates change. To do so, this study provides a historical analysis of a Finnish meteorological instrument company Vaisala to map out how new product development capability drove change in the company during 1970s and enabled it to become a multiproduct firm.  The findings of this study explicate new product development mechanisms and how these mechanisms can explain new product development both on the project level as well as on the organizational level. I introduce and develop three categories of mechanisms that reveal how new product ideas are developed, how the projects are evaluated for commercialization and the impact that these projects have on the organization.  Subsequently, I explore how combinations of these mechanisms produce success paths on the new product development project level. I also investigate how the mechanisms enable us to understand changes in the organizational level that are driven by new product development. In doing so, I highlight how the capability can operationalize strategy, enable the realignment of the organization to its market and how exercising this capability contributes to the transformation of the organization into a multiproduct firm.  Overall, this study is among the few studies to provide an empirically grounded examination of the mechanism of dynamic capabilities and their internal functioning. Therefore, it provides empirical evidence on how the mechanisms of dynamic capabilities explain change in organizations. By doing so, the study draws attention to the abstract nature mechanisms-based theorizing in the field of dynamic capabilities and proposes a more nuanced understanding of mechanisms that explain these capabilities. en
dc.format.extent 193
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 116/2014
dc.subject.other Marketing en
dc.title New product development capability – A mechanism perspective en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing en
dc.subject.keyword new product development capability en
dc.subject.keyword mechanisms en
dc.subject.keyword dynamic capabilities en
dc.subject.keyword historical research en
dc.subject.keyword event structure analysis en
dc.subject.keyword qualitative comparative analysis en
dc.subject.keyword critical realism en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-5801-6
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Tikkanen, Henrikki, Professor, Aalto University, Department of Marketing, Finland
dc.opn Ketokivi, Mikko, Professor, IE Business School, Spain
dc.opn Lamberg, Juha-Antti, Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
dc.subject.helecon new products
dc.subject.helecon product development
dc.subject.helecon marketing en
dc.subject.helecon strategy en
dc.subject.helecon uudet tuotteet fi
dc.subject.helecon tuotekehitys fi
dc.subject.helecon markkinointi fi
dc.subject.helecon strategia fi
dc.date.defence 2014-08-29


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