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Volume 433-440, 2012, Pages 1653-1659
2011 International Conference on Material Science and Information Technology, MSIT2011;Singapore;16 September 2011through18 September 2011;Code88150

Virtual collaborative R&D teams in Malaysia manufacturing SMEs 

Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Management Technology, University Malaysia Pahang, 26300 Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia


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. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Author keywords

Collaborative tools; Questionnaires; Small and medium enterprises; Virtual teams

Indexed Keywords

Collaboration Tool; Collaborative teams; Collaborative technologies; Collaborative tools; Company size; Effective factors; Empirical research; Implementation process; Internet connection; Malaysia; Malaysians; Questionnaires; Research and development; Small and medium enterprise; Small and medium-sized enterprise; Survey data; Virtual research; Virtual team
Engineering controlled terms: Industrial research; Information technology; Internet; Management; Manufacture; Materials science; Surveys
Engineering main heading: Industry
ISSN: 10226680 ISBN: 978-303785319-1Source Type: Book series Original language: English
DOI: 10.4028/ Type: Conference Paper
Sponsors: Singapore Institute of Electronics
  Ebrahim, N.A.; Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
© Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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