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Virtual R&D Teams and SMEs Growth: A Comparative Study Between Iranian and Malaysian SMEs


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 Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering

September 4, 2010

African Journal of Business Management, Vol. 4, No. 11, pp. 2368-2379, September 2010

Abstract:     
This paper explores potential advantages of using virtual teams for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a comprehensive review on various aspects of virtual teams. Based on the standing of the pertinent literatures, attempt has been made to study the aspects by online survey method in Iran and Malaysia. In both countries, SMEs play an important role in their economies, employments, and capacity building. Virtual R&D team can be one of the means to increase SMEs efficiency and competitiveness in their local as well as global markets. In this context, surveys have been conducted to evaluate the effects of virtuality to the growth of SMEs. The study addresses some differences between two countries in engaging virtual research and development (R&D) teams in their SMEs. It is observed that there is a significant difference between the SMEs turnover that employed virtual team and that did not employ the virtual team. The way for further studies and recommend improvements are proposed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Virtual R&D team, small and medium enterprises, survey, developing countries

JEL Classification: M11, M2, N6, O1, O31, O32, O4, Z

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Date posted: October 9, 2010  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, Virtual R&D Teams and SMEs Growth: A Comparative Study Between Iranian and Malaysian SMEs (September 4, 2010). African Journal of Business Management, Vol. 4, No. 11, pp. 2368-2379, September 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1688934

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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 Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering ( email )
Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang 26300
Malaysia
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