Handbook of Management Scales/Technical synergy
Technical synergy (alpha = 0.89)
Although certain items of some scales were developed specifically for the Japanese context, many were derived from existing validated scales. Respondents answered all questions using a Likert-type scale ranging from 0 to 10; field research suggested that an 11-point scale was appropriate for studying Japanese management practices because a 100 percent grading system is used in most Japanese schools.
Technical synergy refers to a project's fit with available R&D, engineering, and production skills and resources.
To what extent does each statement listed below correctly describe this selected successful project? (0 = strongly disagree, 10 = strongly agree)
- Our company's R&D skills were more than adequate for this selected project. (0.91)
- Our company's engineering skills were more than adequate for this selected project. (1.00)
- Our company's R&D resources were more than adequate for this selected project. (0.72)
- Our company's engineering resources were more than adequate for this selected project. (0.82)
- Song/Montoya-Weiss (2001): The Effect of Perceived Technological Uncertainty on Japanese New Product Development. Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 61-80.
The items are quite similar. The items were evaluated on a scale ranging from 0 to 10. However, the observed mean value is 6.50 rather than 5. It might therefore be recommendable to change the wording.