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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual R&D Teams: An Empirical Study

Nader Ale Ebrahim
University of Malaya - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering

Shamsuddin Ahmed
University of Malaya (UM)

Zahari Taha
University of Malaya (UM)

6th International Communication & Information Technology Management Conference, 2010

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.

Keywords: Virtual Teams, Research and Developments, Survey Finding

SSRN-Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual R&D Teams: An Empirical Study by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari Taha

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