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Virtual R&D Teams in Small and Medium Enterprises: A Literature Review by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari Taha :: SSRN

Virtual R&D Teams in Small and Medium Enterprises: A Literature Review


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)

December 21, 2009

Scientific Research and Essays, Vol. 4, No. 13, pp. 1575–1590, December 2009

Abstract:     
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the driving engine behind economic growth. While SMEs play a critical role in generating employment and supporting trade, they face numerous challenges, the prominent among them are the need to respond to fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Towards that end, research and development (R & D) aspect deserves particular attention to promote and facilitate the operations of SMEs. Virtual R & D team could be a viable option. However, literature shows that virtual R & D teaming in SMEs is still at its infancy. This article provides a comprehensive literature review on different aspects of virtual R & D teams collected from the reputed publications. The purpose of the state-of-the-art literature review is to provide an overview on the structure and dynamics of R & D collaboration in SMEs. Specifying the foundation and importance of virtual teams, the relationship between virtual R & D team and SMEs has been examined. It concludes with the identification of the gaps in the existing literatures and calls for future research. It is argued that setting-up an infrastructure for virtual R & D team in SMEs still requires a large amount of engineering efforts and deserves consideration at top level management.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Virtual teams, small and medium enterprises, literature review
JEL Classification: M11, L15, L23, O14, Z
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Date posted: January 5, 2010 ; Last revised: February 2, 2010

Suggested Citation

Ale Ebrahim, Nader, Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, Virtual R&D Teams in Small and Medium Enterprises: A Literature Review (December 21, 2009). Scientific Research and Essays, Vol. 4, No. 13, pp. 1575–1590, December 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1530904

Virtual R&D Teams in Small and Medium Enterprises: A Literature Review by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari Taha :: SSRN

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