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Envisages of New Product Developments in Small and Medium Enterprises Through Virtual Team


Nader Ale Ebrahim


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

Shamsuddin Ahmed


University of Malaya (UM)

Zahari Taha


University of Malaya (UM)

January 9, 2010

International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 2010

Abstract:     
New product development (NPD) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) virtual team has not been systematically investigated in developing countries. Literatures have shown no significant differences between traditional NPD and virtual NPD in general. New product development especially for SMEs virtual team are somewhat lacking in the literature and constitute a research gap. This paper aims to bridge this gap. This study first reviews the NPD and its relationship with virtuality and then identifies the critical factors in definition of NPD in SMEs virtual team. The statistical method was utilized to perform the required analysis of the data from survey. The results are achieved through factor analysis at the perspective of NPD in some of Malaysian and Iranian manufacturing firms. The 20 new product development factors were grouped into five higher level constructs. It gives valuable insight and guidelines which hopefully will help managers of firms in developing countries to consider the main factors in NPD.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Survey Finding, New Product Development, Factor Analysis, Virtual Team

JEL Classification: Q32, Q31, L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, O1, O32, O3, P42, P24, M6, Z


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Date posted: December 20, 2010  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, Envisages of New Product Developments in Small and Medium Enterprises Through Virtual Team (January 9, 2010). International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728805

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