Social Network Analysis of Team Dynamics and Intra-Organizational Development in an Aerospace Firm

  • Kristie Ogilvie
  • Dimitris Assimakopoulos
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This research examines results from a dual case study in defining a model for high productivity and performance of cross-functional development teams in an aerospace engineering community. More specifically it explores cohesiveness and team dynamics over an approximate 4-year period in a project team that recently designed and built a highly innovative propulsion system. The ‘successful’ team delivered this propulsion system ahead of schedule, below cost, and was considered a highly productive team within the researched Aerospace firm. Ucinet is used to map k-cores, month by month, for the entire life cycle of the project. This methodology is then compared to a ‘less successful’ team to determine those variables responsible for high productivity and overall success of a highly technical research and development team. The results encompass the critical times in networked teams that inclusion in membership of the team is most critical for success.


Team Member Social Network Analysis Interaction Level Collaborative Network Core Member 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristie Ogilvie
    • 1
  • Dimitris Assimakopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Grenoble Ecole de ManagementEuropoleGrenobleFrance

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