Management of dispersed product development teams: the role of information technologies
The application of specific project management methods and the intensive use of information technology (IT) lessens the disadvantages in transnational development projects. Recently completed projects involving large-scale commercial software development at IBM demonstrate the potentials of IT in transnational development. The authors advocate the application of IT adapted to specific situations. The central fields of application of IT in dispersed R&D teams are the development of a personal network, the promotion of creativity, the exchange of technical information, and the coordination of decentralized project activities.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institute for Technology Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2: Corporate R&D, Schindler Lifts Ltd., 6031 Ebikon, Switzerland, 3: IBM Deutschland Entwicklung GmbH, 71032 Böblingen, Germany
Publication date: January 1, 1998