Module Note | May 2003

Managing Development Networks

by Stefan H. Thomke


Describes the concepts and pedagogy for a module on understanding and managing product development networks between firms and within firms and among products themselves. Introduces students to the increasingly important role of networks in the development of new products and services. R&D teams rarely work in isolation; their success in great part depends on how they manage interdependencies with other teams, departments, or companies among which development work is distributed. Addresses important issues in the design and management of such networks.

Keywords: Product Development; Resource Allocation; Research and Development; Networks; Design; Groups and Teams;


Thomke, Stefan H. "Managing Development Networks." Harvard Business School Module Note 603-091, May 2003.