Dr. Thomas Tanner, Dr. Heather Kirkwood, Dr. James R. Webb, Mrs. Yvonne Tanner, USA
This study examines the influences of R&D teams on innovation. Examining the influences and innovative performances of R&D teams as the focus of generating new knowledge is inherently difficult. In most cases team members are recruited as dependable sources of information. However, there are indications that team members do not provide a sufficient self-examination to evaluate the R&D team's creative performance by themselves. There are other factors at play. Creativity does however help shape the foundation for R&D performance and organizational prosperity. At the same time, R&D teams have become increasingly self-sufficient units and in many situations only the R&D team members are capable of evaluating their own performances. The research uncovered in this study identifies some of these influences of R&D teams and how these influences impact innovation.