Critical factors for new product developments in SMEs virtual team

Ale Ebrahim, N.; Ahmed, S.; Taha, Z. (2010) Critical factors for new product developments in SMEs virtual team. African Journal of Business Management, 4 (11). pp. 2247-2257. ISSN 1993-8233

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    Abstract

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered as an engine for economic growth all over the world and especially for developing countries. During the past decade, new product development (NPD) has increasingly been recognized as a critical factor in ensuring the continued survival of SMEs. On the other hand, the rapid rate of market and technological changes has accelerated in the past decade, so this turbulent environment requires new methods and techniques to bring successful new products to the marketplace. Virtual team can be a solution to answer the requested demand. However, literature have shown no significant differences between traditional NPD and virtual NPD in general, whereas NPD in SME’s virtual team has not been systematically investigated in developing countries. This paper aims to bridge this gap by first reviewing the NPD and its relationship with virtuality and then identifies the critical factors of NPD in virtual teams. The statistical method was utilized to perform the required analysis of data from the survey. The results were achieved through factor analysis at the perspective of NPD in some Malaysian and Iranian manufacturing firms (N = 191). The 20 new product development factors were grouped into five higher level constructs. It gives valuable insight and guidelines, which hopefully will help managers of firms in developing countries to consider the main factors in NPD.

    Item Type: Article
    Creators:
    1. Ale Ebrahim, N.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya )
    2. Ahmed, S.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya )
    3. Taha, Z.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya)
    Journal or Publication Title: African Journal of Business Management
    Additional Information: Ale Ebrahim, N., Ahmed, S., & Taha, Z. (2010). Critical Factors for New Product Developments in SMEs Virtual Team. [Full Length Research Paper]. African Journal of Business Management, 4(11), 2247-2257.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Survey findings, new product development, factor analysis, virtual team
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    T Technology > T Technology (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
    Depositing User: Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 10:21
    Last Modified: 06 Oct 2011 10:21
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2167

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