Knowledge Worker Role in the Virtual R&D Teams for New Product Development: A Measurement Model

Research Area: Virtual R D teams Year: 2011
Type of Publication: In Proceedings Keywords: Collaboration; Questionnaires; Cross-Functional teams; Product development; Structural equation modeling
Authors: Ebrahim, Nader Ale; Ahmed, Shamsuddin; Rashid, Salwa Hanim Abdul; Taha, Zahari
Book title: International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 2011 (ICMERE2011)
Pages: 1-5
Address: Chittagong, Bangladesh
Abstract:
Knowledge workers (KW) play an important role in the effectiveness of virtual R&D teams for new product development. A large amount of KW literature focuses at the individual level and less attention paid on virtual R&D teams with dispersed knowledge workers. From KW point of view, the factors that required for effective virtual teams are unclear. To address this gap, base on the literature review, the paper presents a set of factors that make the preliminary knowledge workers construct with 11 factors. The proposed construct modified by finding of the field survey (N = 240). We empirically examine the relationship between construct and its factors by employing the structural equation modeling (SEM). The result shows 5 factors out of 11 preliminary factors maintaining to make KW construct. The finding can help new product development managers of enterprises to concentrate in the main factors for leading an effective virtual R&D team. In addition, it provides a guideline for software developer to implement the KW perceptions in the collaborative tools.
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