Causal complexity of new product development processes

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Sihvonen, Antti Pajunen, Kalle 2018-10-16T08:57:21Z 2018-10-16T08:57:21Z 2019-04
dc.identifier.citation Sihvonen , A & Pajunen , K 2018 , ' Causal complexity of new product development processes : a mechanism-based approach ' Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice . DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2018.1513333 en
dc.identifier.issn 1447-9338
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dc.description.abstract The outcomes of new product development (NPD) processes are dependent on the interplay of several interdependent activities. One product development activity can be dependent on the presence or absence of other activities, different kinds of NDP processes may lead to the same outcome, and specific kinds of activities may have a positive effect in one process but no effect in other processes. However, we currently lack means to examine and explain this causal complexity inherent in NPD processes. To address this issue, we introduce mechanism-based approach as a way to capture conjunctural and equifinal causal relations. We build this approach on the philosophical literature on mechanism-based explanations and the methodological opportunities provided by the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to identify how the activities of entities are configured together to generate outcomes. We elaborate this approach by presenting an in-depth historical analysis of the NPD projects of Vaisala, a meteorological instrument company. We discover and suggest that the company’s NPD projects were driven by three mechanisms (ideation, evaluation and commercialisation) and that each of them were actualised by a set of different activity configurations. Accordingly, we contribute to the NPD and innovation literature by showing how mechanism-based explanations take into account both the abstract theorisation of NPD processes and their inherent causal complexity. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.subject.other Management of Technology and Innovation en
dc.subject.other 512 Business and management en
dc.title Causal complexity of new product development processes en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing
dc.contributor.department University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.keyword Complexity
dc.subject.keyword configurations
dc.subject.keyword mechanisms
dc.subject.keyword new product development process
dc.subject.keyword process research
dc.subject.keyword qualitative comparative analysis
dc.subject.keyword Management of Technology and Innovation
dc.subject.keyword 512 Business and management
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201810165411
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14479338.2018.1513333
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