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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia...
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Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

Periodical Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 433 - 440)
Main Theme Materials Science and Information Technology
Edited by Cai Suo Zhang
Pages 1653-1659
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.433-440.1653
Citation Nader Ale Ebrahim et al., 2012, Advanced Materials Research, 433-440, 1653
Online since January, 2012
Authors Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid, M A Wazed, Zahari Taha
Keywords Collaborative Tools, Medium Enterprises, Questionnaires, Small Enterprises, Virtual Teams
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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.

Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

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