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When Is Frequent Face-To-Face Contact Necessary In Innovation? A Comparative Study Of Two Distributed Product Development Projects

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  • Jarle Hildrum
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    This paper combines the concept of technological modularity from the product-development literature with the concept of brokers from literature about communities of practice to explain why some innovation project teams require frequent face-to-face interactions to efficiently co-create new technologies, whereas others do not. The explanation is explored through a comparative case-study analysis of two distributed product-development projects in the European software and telecommunications industries. These case-study projects traversed several geographical sites in Norway, Germany, Greece, England and the Netherlands as well various communities of practice related to a number of distinct technological specialisations. The method involved participative observations and 40 in-depth interviews with key project members, managers and consultants.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 467-484

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:16:y:2007:i:6:p:467-484

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    Keywords: International innovation projects; Face-to-face interactions; ICT; Communities of practice; Technological modularity;

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    1. Aguilera, Anne, 2008. "Business travel and mobile workers," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 42(8), pages 1109-1116, October.

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