Scientific Research and Essays Vol. 7(21), pp. 1971-1985, 7 June, 2012
ISSN 1992-2248 ©2012 Academic Journals
Full Length Research Paper
Effective virtual teams for new product development
Nader Ale Ebrahim1*, Shamsuddin Ahmed1, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid1 and Zahari Taha2
1Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Management Technology, University Malaysia Pahang, 26300 Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia.
*Corresponding author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted March 29, 2012
At present, the existing literature shows that the factors which influence the effectiveness of virtual teams for new product development are still ambiguous. To address this problem, a research design was developed, which includes detailed literature review, preliminary model and field survey. From literature review, the factors which influence the effectiveness of virtual teams are identified and these factors are modified using a field survey. The relationship between knowledge workers (people), process and technology in virtual teams is explored in this study. The results of the study suggest that technology and process are tightly correlated and need to be considered early in virtual teams. The use of software as a service, web solution, report generator and tracking system should be incorporated for effectiveness virtual teams.
Key words: Virtual teams, collaboration, questionnaires, communication, information, integration, performance, success, cross-functional teams, product development.
Ebrahim et al. Effective virtual teams for new product development. Sci. Res. Essays: 7 June, 2012