Innovation for Multiproject Management: The Case of Component Commonality

Tuomas Korhonen, Teemu Laine, Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen, Petri Suomala

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To attain benefits and value, multiproject R&D management seeks synergy between projects. Selecting or inventing appropriate end-product components within R&D programs is a concrete example of the synergy between projects. Lowering the number of different components used across projects (i.e., increasing component commonality) can lower end-product costs, which can contribute to firm-level profitability. Prior research, however, shows component commonality as a limitation of innovativeness in multiproject R&D. Conversely, this article shows that component commonality can also serve as the source of innovation, making component commonality an area of special interest to multiproject R&D management and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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