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

Research Area: Virtual team Year: 2010
Type of Publication: In Proceedings Keywords: Virtual teams, Research and Developments, Survey finding
Authors: Ebrahim, Nader Ale; Ahmed, Shamsuddin; Taha, Zahari
Book title: 6th International Communication & Information Technology Management Conference (ICTM 2010)
Pages: 1-5
Address: Tehran, Iran
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.

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