Virtual R&D teams: a potential growth of education-industry collaboration

Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Abdul Rashid, S.H. and Taha, Zahari (2010) Virtual R&D teams: a potential growth of education-industry collaboration. In: 2nd International Congress on Engineering Education (ICEED 2010), 8th - 9th December, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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In this paper, we present our more than two years research experiences on virtual R&D teams in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and draws conclusions, giving special attention to the structure of virtual teams required to support education-industry collaboration. We report the relevant results of an online survey study. The online questionnaire was emailed by using a simple random sampling method to 947 manufacturing SMEs. The findings of this study show that SMEs in Malaysia and Iran are willing to use virtual teams for collaboration and the platform for industry-education collaboration is ready and distance between team members or differences in time zones, are not barriers to industry-education collaborations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual R&D
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: 03 Nov 2011 02:00
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 02:01

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