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Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing 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)

Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid


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

Zahari Taha


University Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering

Md. Abdul Wazed


University of Malaya (UM)

February 27, 2011

2nd International Conference on Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Technologies, 2011

Abstract:     
This paper presents the results of empirical research conducted during March to September 2009. The study focused on the influence of virtual research and development (R&D) teams within Malaysian manufacturing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The specific objective of the study is better understanding of the application of collaborative technologies in business, to find the effective factors to assist SMEs to remain competitive in the future. The paper stresses to find an answer for a question β€œIs there any relationship between company size, Internet connection facility and virtuality?” The survey data shows SMEs are now technologically capable of performing the virtual collaborative team, but the infrastructure usage is less. SMEs now have the necessary technology to begin the implementation process of collaboration tools to reduce research and development (R&D) time, costs and increase productivity. So, the manager of R&D should take the potentials of virtual teams into account.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Small and Medium Enterprises, Collaborative Tools, Questionnaires, Virtual Teams

JEL Classification: Q32, Q31, O32, O31, M11, L15, L23, O14, O4, Z, N6, M2, M54, P24, P42, L17, P23, O1, L1

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Date posted: March 1, 2011  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim and Taha, Zahari and Wazed, Md. Abdul, Virtual Collaborative R&D Teams in Malaysia Manufacturing SMEs (February 27, 2011). 2nd International Conference on Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Technologies, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1772242

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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
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
Md. Abdul Wazed
University of Malaya (UM) ( email )
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
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