A Study of Structural Antecedents of Product Development Teams’ Flexibility on Small and Large Teams

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In a changing and dynamic environment, product development (PD) activity has increasingly become team driven to achieve higher performance. Structural practices followed by PD teams are an important source for achieving flexibility. Understanding the role of antecedents that govern these structural practices would be helpful in increasing team flexibility. This chapter explores the nature of two such antecedents – participation and control (PAC) and time-bound formalization (TBF), which were derived as a part of larger study involving 108 PD teams, both small and large. Interestingly, PAC and TBF did not show any significant difference across small and large teams.


Product Development Product Development Process Participative Decision Make Large Team Delay Decision Make 
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  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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