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

Ale Ebrahim, N.; Ahmed, S.; 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)
    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)
    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 12:13
    Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 12:13
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2246

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