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The Benefits and Liabilities of Multidisciplinary Commercialization Teams: How Professional Composition and Social Networks Influence Team Processes

In: Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results

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  • Jill Perry-Smith
  • Leslie Vincent

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In this chapter, we focus on the people component of the technology commercialization process. We review how the need for a variety of skills and knowledge sets creates unique challenges and opportunities for the team, particularly given the complexities associated with commercialization and the need for creativity throughout the process. We suggest that simply having a multidisciplinary team in place does not ensure success and highlight the potential benefits and liabilities. In particular, we highlight the relevance of team composition in terms of professional orientation and social network ties. We then review how team composition influences internal team processes.

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  • Jill Perry-Smith & Leslie Vincent, 2016. "The Benefits and Liabilities of Multidisciplinary Commercialization Teams: How Professional Composition and Social Networks Influence Team Processes," Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, in: Marie C. Thursby (ed.),Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results, volume 26, pages 59-84, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:aseizz:s1048-473620160000026003
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