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New Product Development in Virtual Environment


Nader Ale Ebrahim


University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)

Shamsuddin Ahmed


University of Malaya (UM)

Zahari Taha


University of Malaya (UM)

October 22, 2008

International Conference on Technology Management and Innovation in China: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century, 2008

Abstract:     
Purpose - The literature on the topic has evolved exponentially since eight years ago. Relaying on a review of studies published in recent years, this article proposes and discusses a framework which incorporates a set of virtual teams involved in a new product development initiative.

Design/methodology/approach - A range of academic and practitioner literature related to virtual teams and virtual new product development is reviewed. What is Virtual New Product Development and what determines its development in manufacturing firms? These two questions are answered.

Findings - The decision to use a virtual team is often a necessity and not a choice; being ‘virtual’ is in most cases not an alternative but a requirement. Enterprise may benefit from building and maintain the virtual teams in a number of ways such as achieving higher quality, accessing and capturing dispersed knowledge and skills regarding the multifunctional and multi-use components and modules, electronically unite experts in highly specialized fields, collaborating more productivity at a distance, achieving tight schedules and start quickly, reducing travel time and cost, enabling the recruitment of talented employees, builds diverse teams, promoting proactive employment and finally reducing discrimination in enterprises.

Originality/value - The results of an academic literature review were employed to the literature so far has not paid adequate attention to the virtual team activities in NPD. The results highlight several avenues which would help managers and policy makers to better foster cyber new product development and designers to better channel of their efforts in the design and manufacturing domain.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: New Product Development, Virtual Teams

JEL Classification: O1, O31, O32, O4, Z, Q31, Q32, M11, L15, L23, O14, M2, N6

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Date posted: December 19, 2010  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, New Product Development in Virtual Environment (October 22, 2008). International Conference on Technology Management and Innovation in China: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1688863

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Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)
University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering ( email ) ( email )
Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture,
University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai,
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP) ( email ) ( email )
Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture,
University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai,
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
Shamsuddin Ahmed
University of Malaya (UM) ( email )
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
Zahari Taha
University of Malaya (UM) ( email )
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
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