Adapting to the changing needs of managing innovative projects

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Rekonen, Satu
dc.contributor.author Björklund, Tua A.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-11T09:01:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-11T09:01:02Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Rekonen, Satu & Björklund, Tua A. 2016. Adapting to the changing needs of managing innovative projects. Vol 19, No. 1. European Journal of Innovation Management. 21. 1460-1060. DOI 10.1108/EJIM-10-2014-0103. en
dc.identifier.issn 1460-1060 fi
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/20087
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the changes in managerial activities and challengesat different phases of innovative projects. Design/methodology/approach – Six NPD project managers were interviewed in three differentproject phases in a qualitative, longitudinal design. The resulting 18 semi-structured face-to-faceinterviews were content analyzed and categorized according to thematic similarity. Findings – Altogether 19 categories describing managerial concerns in managing innovative projectswere recognized. Task-oriented, rather than people-oriented, approaches were dominant throughoutthe projects, although the reported concerns clearly varied at each phase. The early development phaseemerged as a transition point, where managers had to transform their roles, reported activitiesdecreased, and reported challenges increased. Research limitations/implications – Although based on a small number of participants in a singlesetting, the results highlight the need for longitudinal studies and differentiating between the variousphases of the innovation process, as there was great variance in the concerns of each phase.Furthermore, domain expertise seemed to have a large impact on how the managers reformulated theirrole in transitioning from the front-end to the development phases. Practical implications – The present study emphasizes the need to support managers intransitioning between different innovation phases and to recognize the need to adjust managerial roles.Further, it seemed crucial to establish the practices supporting successful teamwork in the front-endphase before the first phase transition. Originality/value – The study is a rare example of a longitudinal research design examining theimplications and transition between different phases of the innovation process within the sameprojects for project managers. en
dc.format.extent 21
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol 19, No. 1
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Innovation Management fi
dc.rights © 2016 Emerald. This is the post print version of the following article: Rekonen, Satu & Björklund, Tua A. 2016. Adapting to the changing needs of managing innovative projects. Vol 19, No. 1. European Journal of Innovation Management. 21. 1460-1060. DOI 10.1108/EJIM-10-2014-0103, which has been published in final form at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/EJIM-10-2014-0103. en
dc.subject.other Management en
dc.title Adapting to the changing needs of managing innovative projects en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.rights.holder Emerald
dc.contributor.school Perustieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Science en
dc.contributor.school Factoryt fi
dc.contributor.school Factories en
dc.contributor.department Tuotantotalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.contributor.department Design Factory fi
dc.contributor.department Design Factory en
dc.subject.keyword New product development (NPD) en
dc.subject.keyword Front-end phase (FEI) en
dc.subject.keyword Managerial activities en
dc.subject.keyword Managerial challenges en
dc.subject.keyword Project manager en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201604041694
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.1108/EJIM-10-2014-0103
dc.type.version Post print en


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