A sneak preview: formally I cannot uncover my thesis until September 10, but of course it is possible to publish the summary. I developed a mini booklet, following the thesis and wrapping it up neatly.
As a reading guide:
The practice of New Product Development is not exactly a neatly ordered process and several topics are addressed that may seem to require a separate study, yet could only be understood by exploring them together: team cognition, designing in teams and distributed teams. Consequently the thesis is of interest to various readers.
Part 1 describes the problem setting, the research questions and the (unusual) method.The reguar stuff a thesis has to start with.
Part 2 is for those interested in team cognition and/or the practice of product development. It can be read as a separate study revolving around the question what factors constitute team cognition, how and why.
Part 3 is for those interested in what designers contribute to multi-disciplinary teams. It concerns a separate study on what designers contribute to team cognition.
Part 4 concerns distributed teams in NPD in-the-wild. Also generic conclusions are drawn and several (thought provoking) recommendations are made.