The relationship between team dynamics and innovation effectiveness in an engineering thermal science course: An entrepreneurial

Thien Ta, Gary Lichtenstein, Ryan J. Milcarek

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Abstract

Teamwork is essential in engineering. Yet research exploring the relationship between Team Dynamics and Innovation Outcomes is scant. This exploratory, mixed-methods study investigates the relationship between Team Dynamics and Innovation Effectiveness. Fourteen student teams were assigned to design a biomass pellet burner. At the end of the term, a “board of investors” that comprised actual entrepreneurs rated the Innovation Effectiveness of each team. Team Dynamics were assessed through a survey and interviews. The relationship between Team Dynamics and Innovation Effectiveness was not linear. Some teams achieved high Innovation Effectiveness despite poor Team Dynamics. Key factors and implications are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
Volume20
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Engineering thermal science course
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Innovation effectiveness
  • Team dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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