Product development practices and performance: A structural equation modeling-based multi-group analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper provides an illustration of the strategies associated with conducting tests of model invariance that are uncommonly applied and reported in the Operations Management literature. The illustration uses a theoretical model that describes the relationships between key product development practices (i.e., heavy-weight product development managers, information technology use and concurrent engineering) and performance as measured through product innovation and quality. Based on a sample of 214 manufacturing executives and managers, the study considers a priori proposed measurement and structural models and further examines the extent to which these models are invariant across two different cellular manufacturing environments. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Koufteros, X., & Marcoulides, G. A.

citation count

  • 136

publication date

  • September 2006