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Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 433 - 440)
Main Theme
Materials Science and Information Technology
Chapter Chapter 10: Manufacturing Process Planning and Scheduling
Edited by Cai Suo Zhang
Pages 1653-1659
DOI 10.4028/
Citation Nader Ale Ebrahim et al., 2012, Advanced Materials Research, 433-440, 1653
Online since January, 2012
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

Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs

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