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Monday, 30 June 2014

VIRTUAL AND COLLOCATED PROJECT TEAMS IMPACT ON PRODUCTIVITY IN MEDICAL DEVICE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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Title: VIRTUAL AND COLLOCATED PROJECT TEAMS IMPACT ON PRODUCTIVITY IN MEDICAL DEVICE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Authors: O'Connor, Michael
Advisors: Baecher, Gregory B
Department/Program: Civil Engineering
Type: Dissertation
Sponsors: Digital Repository at the University of Maryland
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
Subjects: Engineering
Keywords: Collocated
Development
Productivity
Research
Team
Virtual
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Two
project management environments, virtual and collocated project teams,
were researched and analyzed in this dissertation to determine the
impact in productivity in medical device research and development. The
relationship between virtual and collocated project teams and project
management levers was also explored in this dissertation using four case
studies. This case study methodology was performed based on the lack of
past research to explore virtual and collocated project teams in four
research and development medical device environments. The following
project management levers were integrated into the research: environment
(virtual and collocated project teams), leadership, meetings, team
maturity (knowledge and experience/expertise), continuous process
improvement, and information communication technology processes. The
research contributes to medical device research and development
organizations that utilize virtual and collocated project teams and
suggests best practices to improve productivity. This also provides
project team members potential ideas into improved productivity.

Both project team environments were viewed as effectively achieving
productivity. The results of the four case studies indicated no
significant differences between virtual and collocated project teams
productivity. Minor differences were found across the project management
levers in the case studies.

The following major recommendations are made for improving productivity
in future virtual and collocated project team environments: medical
device research and development organizations should give additional
attention to more up-front planning to determine risks, resources,
continued process improvement, information communication technology, and
leadership needed to complete the project; leadership and project
management training should be provided, they should continue to seek a
balance in project team resources and the level of project team maturity
(knowledge and experience/expertise); meetings need to be performed
efficiently and have an agenda and information communication technology
tools need to be fully utilized and integrated across medical device
research and development project teams.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1903/15441
Appears in Collections:UMD Theses and Dissertations
Civil & Environmental Engineering Theses and Dissertations


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