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Culture, Teams & Leadership

Culture, Teams & Leadership

While strategies, processes, and tools are important for product innovation success, ultimately it is people that really matter. Culture, teams and leadership covers:

  • what is organization culture and the importance of developing the right culture of innovation;
  • what is required to achieve a high performing team, and what team structures are appropriate in specific situations.
  • the roles and responsibilities of management and the characteristics of good leaders.

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  • At our company we leverage a number of methodologies and what we call a full-stack product development ...

PDMA Body of Knowledge: Culture, Teams & Leadership Insights #2

Viewpoint Blog | August 27, 2021

7 Lessons from Virtual Team Meetings During the Pandemic
Rose Klimovich

Virtual team meetings have become a regular occurrence during the pandemic. This may usher in a significant change in how businesses operate in the future ... [Read more]

PDMA Body of Knowledge: Culture, Teams & Leadership Insights #2

Viewpoint Blog | June 4, 2021

PDMA Body of Knowledge: Culture, Teams & Leadership Insights #2
Rose Klimovich

In the PDMA Body of Knowledge, Katzenbach and Smith (1993) defined a team as “a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to... [Read more]

The Digital Transformation of Search and Recombination in the Innovation Function

JPIM Article | March 17, 2021

The Digital Transformation of Search and Recombination in the Innovation Function
Gianvito Lanzolla, Danilo Pesce and Christopher L. Tucci

Search and recombination are important mechanisms in the creativity phase of innovation. Digital transformation and the resulting pervasive digitalization of... [Read more]

TEI 317: Culture, teams, and leadership with Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD

Podcast | January 15, 2021

TEI 317: Culture, teams, and leadership with Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD
Chad McAllister

This is another episode in the series on a product management body of knowledge curated by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). If you are unfamiliar with PDMA, it is the... [Read more]

Human Resources Research in Technological Innovation Ecosystem

Whitepaper | January 11, 2021

Human Resources Research in Technological Innovation Ecosystem
Technology Development Foundation of Turkey

The “Human Resources Research in Technological Innovation Ecosystem (in Turkey)", which was conducted by TTGV of Turkey to understand the thoughts, behaviors and expectations of... [Read more]

PDMA Body of Knowledge: Culture, Teams & Leadership Insights #1

Viewpoint Blog | November 4, 2020

PDMA Body of Knowledge: Culture, Teams & Leadership Insights #1
Rose Klimovich

The BoK section on Culture, Teams and Leadership leads off with “While strategies, processes, and tools are important for product innovation success, ultimately it is people that really matter.” People are the... [Read more]

Extrinsic Rewards, Intrinsic Motivation, and New Product Development Performance

JPIM Article | October 26, 2020

Extrinsic Rewards, Intrinsic Motivation, and New Product Development Performance
Stacey L. Malek, Shikhar Sarin and Christophe Haon

Reward structures can have a significant impact on the performance of new product development (NPD) teams. However, there are several gaps in our understanding of... [Read more]

Category Leading TSR through Innovation at Church & Dwight

PDMA Webcast | October 1, 2020

Category Leading TSR through Innovation at Church & Dwight
Michael Eknoian and Bryan A. Harpine

2020 Outstanding Corporate Innovator award winner Church & Dwight has recently completed a remarkable decade-long run of 20% annual Total Shareholder Return. This easily leads the Consumer Package Goods... [Read more]

Post‐Failure Success: Sensemaking in Problem Representation Reformulation

JPIM Article | August 18, 2020

Post‐Failure Success: Sensemaking in Problem Representation Reformulation
Marta Morais‐Storz, Nhien Nguyen and Alf Steinar Sætre

Failure is an inevitable feature of innovation, and management research promulgates the importance of learning from it. Key to excelling at an innovation‐based... [Read more]

The Gordian Knot of Practicing Digital Transformation

JPIM Article | August 7, 2020

The Gordian Knot of Practicing Digital Transformation
Pernille Smith and Michela Beretta

Despite increasing scholarly attention on digital transformation, there are only limited micro‐level insights into how incumbent firms organize and manage their digital transformation efforts on a daily basis. Through a... [Read more]

Hedgehog Innovation Teams: Focused, Nimble, Dangerous

kHUB Article | July 29, 2020

Hedgehog Innovation Teams: Focused, Nimble, Dangerous
Patrick Boehnen and Ty Hagler

How might we disrupt the experience of buying a shower door? Pat Boehnen with Predicta and Ty Hagler with Trig share practical lessons from their track record of repeatedly breaking into new consumer product... [Read more]

Making Sense of an Interconnected World

JPIM Article | May 8, 2020

Making Sense of an Interconnected World
Courtney Molloy, Sarah Bankins, Anton Kriz and Lisa Barnes

Social innovation is critical for supporting the economic and social fabric of communities globally. Yet little is known about the processes through which social innovation occurs and how context shapes them... [Read more]

From Empowerment Dynamics to Team Adaptability

JPIM Article | April 10, 2020

From Empowerment Dynamics to Team Adaptability
Anastasia Grass, Julia Backmann and Martin Hoegl

To foster their innovation teams’ adaptability, organizations are increasingly relying on agile teams. While research on the adoption of agile methods and... [Read more]

Continuity, Change, and New Product Performance

JPIM Article | March 17, 2020

Continuity, Change, and New Product Performance
Enrico Forti, Maurizio Sobrero and Andrea Vezzulli

Product development teams often face the challenge of designing radically new products that cater at the same time to the revealed tastes and expectations of... [Read more]

Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers

kHUB Article | December 20, 2019

Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers
Steve Johnson

“So… what would you say you do here?” Many product professionals struggle to answer this question. There are titles like product manager, project manager, product owner, product marketer? What do these mean? Unfortunately, titles are a mess... [Read more]

Influencing for Results

PDMA Webcast | October 17, 2019

Influencing for Results
Brad Matthews

Are you getting the results you want with others? What important initiatives are at risk if they don’t get the support they need? Your ability to leverage opportunities and manage risks depends, at least in part, on your effectiveness in influencing the support... [Read more]

The Role of Departmental Thought Worlds in Shaping Escalation of Commitment in New Product Development Projects

JPIM Article | September 8, 2019

The Role of Departmental Thought Worlds in Shaping Escalation of Commitment in New Product Development Projects
Alexander Weeth, Jana‐Kristin Prigge and Christian Homburg

The debate over whether and how thought worlds of different departments (especially marketing and... [Read more]

Mitigating the Challenges of Partner Knowledge Diversity While Enhancing Research & Development (R&D) Alliance Performance

JPIM Article | August 23, 2019

Mitigating the Challenges of Partner Knowledge Diversity While Enhancing Research & Development (R&D) Alliance Performance
Jeongho Choi

This article explores the answers to the following unresolved research question: How do firms mitigate the collaboration... [Read more]

The Role of Hybrid Organizations in Scaling Social Innovations in Bottom‐of‐the‐Pyramid Markets

JPIM Article | August 16, 2019

The Role of Hybrid Organizations in Scaling Social Innovations in Bottom‐of‐the‐Pyramid Markets
Jarrod P. Vassallo, Jaideep C. Prabhu, Sourindra Banerjee and Ranjit Voola

While social innovations that solve financial exclusion have gained increasing attention as a means of helping the... [Read more]

Digital-First Remote Collaboration

PDMA Webcast | November 15, 2018

Digital-First Remote Collaboration
Jay Melone

More and more of our teams these days are working from home, from another city, or from another part of the world. Remote work has been growing in acceptance, but also in efficiency. Companies are faced with either accepting the reality of our new... [Read more]

Mysteries of Innovation Culture

PDMA Webcast | October 18, 2018

Mysteries of Innovation Culture
Jeremy Alexis

The mysteries of innovation culture: if these ideas are so good... why are they so hard to implement?The adoption of innovation methods and design thinking has left many companies with numerous ideas and ambition for creating change, but little... [Read more]

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies (Part 2)

PDMA Webcast | October 13, 2015

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies (Part 2)
Irene Spitsberg

Large companies are not start-ups and never will be! They are designed and operate differently. To innovate effectively, large companies can’t simply replicate start-up principles. Rather, they must adapt start-up principles in... [Read more]

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies (Part 1)

PDMA Webcast | October 6, 2015

Agile Strategies & Startup Thinking in Large Companies (Part 1)
Irene Spitsberg

Large companies are not start-ups and never will be! They are designed and operate differently. To innovate effectively, large companies can’t simply replicate start-up principles. Rather, they must adapt start-up principles in... [Read more]

2015 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award Winner: Becton Dickinson

kHUB Article | 2015

2015 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award Winner: Becton Dickinson
Ellen Strahlman

The only innovation award of its kind, the Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) award honors an organization that has demonstrated five or more years of sustained and quantifiable innovation success. This year... [Read more]

Trends in Breakthrough Innovation and Growth

PDMA Webcast | June 19, 2014

Trends in Breakthrough Innovation and Growth
Kevin Schwartz

How are companies using innovation to drive growth in spite of accelerating, disruptive change? During this webcast, Kevin Schwartz, a co-lead of PwC's Innovation management consulting practice... [Read more]

Pathway to Success: How to Break Down Barriers that Stand in the Way of Successful Innovation

PDMA Webcast | September 26, 2013

Pathway to Success: How to Break Down Barriers that Stand in the Way of Successful Innovation
Susan Ward

Companies are under increasing pressure to deliver on innovation. More projects, faster time to market, and less risk are all demanded, not only to stay competitive... [Read more]

Learn Social Networking from IBM: How to Get the Biggest Payback

PDMA Webcast | June 20, 2013

Learn Social Networking from IBM: How to Get the Biggest Payback
Ed Brill

Can social networking help you build better products or be a better product manager? According to IBM executive and author Ed Brill, the answer is yes. In this webcast, Brill discusses “Opting In,” lessons in... [Read more]

Enhancing Innovation Through Business and University Partnerships

kHUB Article | 2013

Enhancing Innovation Through Business and University Partnerships
Joshua L. Cohen, Ronald G. Kander and Gail Martino

This was the logical conclusion reached after PDMA Philadelphia Chapter’s interactive event at Philadelphia University, affectionately known as “PhilaU.” An esteemed... [Read more]

The Power of Communities

kHUB Article | 2013

The Power of Communities
Guarav Bhalla

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was recently awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, the two scientists who independently laid out the theoretical framework for the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson and the Higgs field form two of the cornerstones of what... [Read more]

Improve Time to Market with the Resources You Have Today

kHUB Article | 2013

Improve Time to Market with the Resources You Have Today
Carrie Nauyalis

Product development organizations are constantly searching for ways to improve time to market, reduce the total cost of development and more effectively prioritize winning ideas. According to a global study... [Read more]

The Barnacle Theory: Please Don’t Foul the Hull

kHUB Article | 2013

The Barnacle Theory: Please Don’t Foul the Hull
Mark B. Mondry

"True innovators will attract large clusters of people and organizations who seek to ride along on the innovation, attaching themselves to its likely success with no intent to assist in achieving a positive outcome other... [Read more]

An NPD Professional’s Entrepreneurial Journey Using the Principles of Effectuation

kHUB Article | 2013

An NPD Professional’s Entrepreneurial Journey Using the Principles of Effectuation
Lee Goldring

The book, “Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise,” published in 2008 by Dr. Saras Sarasvathy and colleagues, culminated a nearly decade-long exploration of the theory of effectuation in the... [Read more]

Please Take Risks: Even in Your Career

kHUB Article | 2013

Please Take Risks: Even in Your Career
Mark B. Mondry

It was warm and sunny outside, but the weather didn’t match his mood. He had just emerged from a windowless conference room meeting with his supervisor, and his emotions sank into in a dreary coldness of winter. He was very confused... [Read more]

10 Rules of Thumb for I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N. in Your Company

kHUB Article | 2013

10 Rules of Thumb for I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N. in Your Company
Anne Orban

Accepting the innovation challenge can feel like a leap of faith. Practitioners whose careers have been deeply involved in innovation provide personal insights from their experiences on these rules of thumb developed as... [Read more]

Think Big: Seek Out ‘Impact Collaborations’

kHUB Article | 2013

Think Big: Seek Out ‘Impact Collaborations’
Mark B. Mondry

We built today’s global innovation economy from collaboration. Identifying new ways of solving problems and serving needs, these collaborations created new products that are better, faster and/or cheaper. This is the essence of collaborative creation... [Read more]

DNA of a Connected Innovator: Nurture eight characteristics to spark connected innovation

kHUB Article | 2013

DNA of a Connected Innovator: Nurture eight characteristics to spark connected innovation
Jeff Bellairs

In my role overseeing the open innovation strategy at General Mills, I’m well aware that achieving true innovation success takes a number of distinct roles and personalities, each of which brings... [Read more]

Five Keys to New Product Success: What Big Brands Know

PDMA Webcast | September 27, 2012

Five Keys to New Product Success: What Big Brands Know
Gerry O'Brion

Grow your business like the big guys, using the same strategies they use. Big brands do a few things well and do them consistently over time. Gerry O'Brion has worked on several billion dollar brands, and has... [Read more]

Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms

kHUB Article | 2012

Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms
Dr. Abbie Griffin, Dr. Raymond L. Price, and Dr. Bruce A. Vojak

Can large, mature firms routinely create successful breakthrough innovations? At best, such efforts have... [Read more]

Soft Skills for Open Innovation Success

kHUB Article | 2012

Soft Skills for Open Innovation Success
Gail Martino and John Bartolone

The open innovation (OI) professional is a rare breed—part entrepreneur, deal maker, alliance manager and project manager. Success in this role requires a true balance of talent and skills to drive growth from new sources and business models... [Read more]

The Missing Link in Innovative Research

kHUB Article | 2012

The Missing Link in Innovative Research
Anna Pettersson and August Vlak

When the pipeline of technological breakthroughs has stalled, especially in industries like pharmaceuticals, midlevel managers may hold the key to research and development (R&D) productivity. Despite continuous growth in research and development... [Read more]

Steve Jobs: A Product Developer's Perspective

kHUB Article | 2012

Steve Jobs: A Product Developer's Perspective
Brad Barbera

Since the death of Steve Jobs on Oct. 5, 2011, innumerable magazine articles, a multitude of blogs and a best-selling book have been published about his life and contributions to the world. Publishing yet... [Read more]

Responding to Global Innovation Challenges

PDMA Webcast | May 12, 2010

Responding to Global Innovation Challenges
Rob Shelton and Vivek Singhal

The Global Innovation Challenges on-demand webcast will begin to explore the key issues and challenges that companies have faced with global innovation. The one-hour session will be built around discussion of the following questions... [Read more]

Develop This, You the Product

kHUB Article

Develop This, You the Product
Mark B. Mondry

“To evade decline, we need to become intrinsically self-motivated about innovation, not just looking at innovation as something we do for an organization during the workday.” You are attending an innovation conference following a full day of presentations... [Read more]