Tuesday, October 23, 2012

VAN OORSCHOT Kim, AKKERMANS Henk A., SENGUPTA Kishore, VAN WASSENHOVE Luk
Anatomy of a Decision Trap in Complex New Product Development Projects Academy of Management Journal 56, 1 (2013) 285-307

We conducted a longitudinal process study of one firm's failed attempt to develop a new product. Our extensive analysis of the data suggests that teams in complex dynamic environments characterized by delays are subject to multiple information filters that blur their perception of actual project performance. Consequently, teams do not realize the project is in trouble and repeatedly fall into a decision trap of stretching current project stages at the expense of future stages. This slowly and gradually reduces the likelihood of project success. However, because of the information filters, teams fail to notice until it is too late.