Benefits and pitfalls of virtual R&D teams: an empirical study

Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2010) Benefits and pitfalls of virtual R&D teams: an empirical study. In: 6th International Communication & Information Technology Management Conference (ICTM 2010) , February. 23-24, Tehran, Iran.

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Abstract

In this paper, advantages and drawbacks of virtual teams in research and development (R&D) are studied. With the globalization of commercial practices and advances in information and communication technologies, increasing numbers of enterprises are establishing cross-functional, geographically distributed virtual teams. Virtual teams in R&D are designed to access external resources and knowledge to maximize the competitive advantage from limited labor and resources. A survey has been conducted on 210 Malaysian and Iranian manufacturing companies, aimed to investigate the characteristics of R&D collaborations and extract the main advantages/disadvantages’ factors of virtual teams. These factors can be a guide line for R&D manager to achieve better performance of virtual teams.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2011 04:13
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 04:13
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2246

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