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Virtual R&D Teams: A Potential Growth of Education-Industry Collaboration


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)

Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid


University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Zahari Taha


University Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering

December 8, 2010

2nd International Congress on Engineering Education (ICEED) 2010

Abstract:     
In this paper, we present our more than two years research experiences on virtual R&D teams in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and draws conclusions, giving special attention to the structure of virtual teams required to support education-industry collaboration. We report the relevant results of an online survey study. The online questionnaire was emailed by using a simple random sampling method to 947 manufacturing SMEs. The findings of this study show that SMEs in Malaysia and Iran are willing to use virtual teams for collaboration and the platform for industry-education collaboration is ready and distance between team members or differences in time zones, are not barriers to industry-education collaborations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Collaboration, Virtual Teams, SMEs, Education

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

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Date posted: December 19, 2010  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim and Taha, Zahari, Virtual R&D Teams: A Potential Growth of Education-Industry Collaboration (December 8, 2010). 2nd International Congress on Engineering Education (ICEED) 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728342

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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
Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid
University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
Zahari Taha
University Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering ( email )
Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang 26300
Malaysia
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