"Innovation projects and heterogeneous teams: success factors in interdisciplinary collaboration"
Stampfl, G.

It is well-known that innovation is a key factor for survival and growth of companies in increasingly unstable and competitive enviroments. An innovation project, however, is a big challenge due to its complexity and uncertainty regarding outcomes. Competences and knowledge from various disciplines have to be united in one project team. Research has shown that teams which are heterogeneous regarding that backgrounds of its members are able to complete innovation projects more successfully than homogenous teams. Consequently, the effective and efficient collaboration of different disciplines is a very important success factor.

However, the collaboration of people with different background is often troublesome. Members of innovation project teams do not only have varied expert knowledge, but also diverse experiences, mindsets, problem-solving approaches, working styles and stereotypical perceptions – a big potential for conflicts within teams. Cultural clashes, inconsistent team skills and inadequate communication are very frequently the primary reasons for failed projects. The majority of factors negatively influencing interdisciplinary cooperation – and as a consequence putting project success at risk – are related to the individuals involved.

The basis for this book is an empirical study investigating the effect of person-related factors on the success of innovation projects (e.g., communication behavior, role flexibility, willingness to take different perspectives). The results are discussed and valuable implications for executives, innovation managers and project leaders regarding the management of innovation projects are provided.

Book is written in German


"Business models - more than a buzzword" (in German)
Stampfl, G.


"Business model innovations - can we learn from other industries" (in German)
Stampfl, G.


"An explorative model of business model scalability"
Stampfl, G., Prügl, R., Osterloh, V.

International Journal of Product Development, Special Issue on Business Model Innovation, Forthcoming

Many of today's most successful and fastest growing companies are former Internet startups that developed to multi-million dollar businesses. There is broad consensus that a scalable business model plays a key role in their way to success. However, the factors that influence business model scalability have so far received little attention. This paper aims at shedding more light on this issue by introducing an explorative model for business model scalability.

The proposed model is based on the analysis of two sources: (1) a wide body of literature, in particular including a broad range of studies from entrepreneurship, strategy, and business model research, and (2) data from qualitative research based on in-depth expert interviews with experienced entrepreneurs who founded Internet startups as well as investors focusing on web-based business model scalability in the phase of business model design and business model implementation. The explorative model developed in this study provides a basis for understanding the role of a scalable business model in new venture growth. Moreover, it identifies mechanisms for successful web-based business model innovations. This study, therefore, serves as a starting point for further research of business model scalability. It also provides a guide for entrepreneurs, investors, and executives to assess the potential of new innovative business models.

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