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Virtual collaborative R&D teams in Malaysia manufacturing SMEs

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader; Ahmed, Shamsuddin; Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim; Taha, Zahari

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Abstract This paper presents the results of empirical research conducted during March to September 2009. The study focused on the influence of virtual research and development (R&D) teams within Malaysian manufacturing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The specific objective of the study is better understanding of the application of collaborative technologies in business, to find the effective factors to assist SMEs to remain competitive in the future. The paper stresses to find an answer for a question “Is there any relationship between company size, Internet connection facility and virtuality?”. The survey data shows SMEs are now technologically capable of performing the virtual collaborative team, but the infrastructure usage is less. SMEs now have the necessary technology to begin the implementation process of collaboration tools to reduce research and development (R&D) time, costs and increase productivity. So, the manager of R&D should take the potentials of virtual teams into account.
Keywords research and development; virtual business; cooperation; small business; medium-sized firm; team; new technology; Malaysia; manufacturing industry
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Management Science; Technology Assessment
Method empirical
Free Keywords small and medium enterprises; collaborative tools; questionnaires; virtual teams; JEL-codes: O32, O14, M11, O43, Z0, L23, L15, O31, M21
Collection Title 2nd International Conference on Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Technologies (MIMT 2011)
Editor Thatcher, Steve; Venkatesh
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
City Singapore
Page/Pages p. 114-117
ISBN 978-1-4244-9264-0
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence
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