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Friday, 20 January 2012

Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 433 - 440)
Materials Science and Information Technology
Cai Suo Zhang
Nader Ale Ebrahim et al., 2012, Advanced Materials Research, 433-440, 1653
January, 2012
Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid, M A Wazed, Zahari Taha
Collaborative Tools, Medium Enterprises, Questionnaires, Small Enterprises, Virtual Teams

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.

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Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

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