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Design Management Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, Summer 1994


The Delicate Art of Designing Interdisciplinary Teams

By Anne Donnellon, Associate Professor, Babson College; Joshua Margolis, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Bus. School & Grad School of Arts & Sciences

Responding to an intensely competitive marketplace, managers often see interdisciplinary teams as a panacea for whatever ails an organization. What Anne Donnellon and Joshua Margolis make clear, however, is that the team strategy will not work unless a company overcomes or avoids five core dilemmas. To help executives--including design managers--around potential pitfalls, they pose nine questions related to the design of teams, and suggest four maxims to guide their successful management.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Product Development, Teams, Corporate Culture, Cultural Change, Interdisciplinary Prod. Develop.

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