Best Practices in New Product Development and Innovation: Results from PDMA's 2021 Global Survey

Mette Præst Knudsen*, Max von Zedtwitz, Abbie Griffin, Gloria Barczak

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Extending thirty years of NPD best practice studies, this article presents the results of the most recent 2021 global best practice survey on product development management practices conducted by the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA). With responses from 651 companies in 37 countries, the results reveal once again that no single capability is necessary nor sufficient to explain best performance. The Best firms rely on the skillful combination of multiple new product development (NPD) practices to achieve greater overall innovation success. However, for the first time in this series of research, having an innovation strategy that encourages radical innovation, is oriented towards risk-taking and long-term, and strives for growth through new markets and new technologies is now a more important component of these practices than was previously found. Further results regarding the practices of the Best are discussed in the article, and implications are provided.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Product Innovation Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)257-275
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

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Published online: 27 January 2023.


  • Best practice
  • Survey
  • Innovation strategy
  • New product development (NPD)
  • Innovation
  • COVID-19

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