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Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams · Science Publications

Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams

Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid and Zahari Taha
DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2012.9.14
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 1
Pages 9-14


Problem statement: Although, literature proves the importance of
the technology role in the effectiveness of virtual Research and
Development (R&D) teams for new product development. However, the
factors that make technology construct in a virtual R&D team are
still ambiguous. The manager of virtual R&D teams for new product
development does not know which type of technology should be used.  

To address the gap and answer the question, the study presents a set of
factors that make a technology construct. The proposed construct
modified by finding of the field survey (N = 240). We empirically
examine the relationship between construct and its factors by employing
the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). A measurement model built base
on the 19 preliminary factors that extracted from literature review. The
result shows 10 factors out of 19 factors maintaining to make
technology construct.  

Results: These 10 technology factors can be
grouped into two constructs namely Web base communication and Web base
data sharing. The findings can help new product development managers of
enterprises to concentrate in the main factors for leading an effective
virtual R&D team. In addition, it provides a guideline for software
developers as well.  

Conclusion: The second and third generation technologies are now more suitable for developing new products through virtual R&D teams.

Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams · Science Publications

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