Communication channels, innovation tasks and NPD project outcomes in innovation-driven horizontal networks

Adegoke Oke, Moronke Idiagbon-Oke

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Inter-organizational collaborations and horizontal networks are increasingly playing a pivotal role in innovations and new product development among firms. In this study, we investigate the link between the innovation task analyzability and the richness of communications channels used in network arrangements and the link between task analyzability and ties and project development time. We investigated the links based on the data collected from 372 respondents representing ninety three different innovation-driven horizontal networks. The results of structural equation modeling reveal a negative link from task analyzability to communication channel richness and a positive link from communication channel richness to ties. Communication channel richness was found to partially mediate the influence that task analyzability has on both NPD project outcomes of ties and development time. The implications of our results for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-453
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Alliances
  • Communication channels
  • Innovation
  • Networks
  • Product development
  • Ties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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