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Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual R&D Teams: An Empirical Study


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)

February 23, 2010

6th International Communication & Information Technology Management Conference, 2010

Abstract:     
In this paper, advantages and drawbacks of virtual teams in research and development (R&D) are studied. With the globalization of commercial practices and advances in information and communication technologies, increasing numbers of enterprises are establishing cross-functional, geographically distributed virtual teams. Virtual teams in R&D are designed to access external resources and knowledge to maximize the competitive advantage from limited labor and resources. A survey has been conducted on 210 Malaysian and Iranian manufacturing companies, aimed to investigate the characteristics of R&D collaborations and extract the main advantages/disadvantages’ factors of virtual teams. These factors can be a guide line for R&D manager to achieve better performance of virtual teams.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: Virtual Teams, Research and Developments, Survey Finding

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, Q32, Q31, M54, O1, O3, O32, P42, P24, L17, L15, Z, N6

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Date posted: December 20, 2010  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual R&D Teams: An Empirical Study (February 23, 2010). 6th International Communication & Information Technology Management Conference, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728809

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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 )
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
Zahari Taha
University of Malaya (UM) ( email )
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
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