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Process Construct in the Virtual R&D Teams

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  • Nader Ale Ebrahim

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

  • Shamsuddin Ahmed

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

  • Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid

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

  • Zahari Taha

    (UMP - Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Management Technology, University Malaysia Pahang - Education)

  • Mohammadjafari Marjan

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

Abstract

literature proves the importance of the process role in the effectiveness of virtual research and development (R&D) teams for new product development (NPD). However, the factors that make process construct in a virtual R&D team are still unclear. The manager of virtual R&D teams for NPD does not know which items of process should be used. To address the gap and answer the question, the study presents a set of factors that make a process construct. The proposed construct modified by finding of the field survey. We empirically examine the relationship between construct, dimensions and its factors by employing the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). A measurement model built base on the 13 preliminary factors that extracted from literature review. The result shows 9 factors out of 13 factors maintaining to make process construct. These factors can be grouped into two dimensions namely generating report and collaborative system. The findings 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 future research.

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Date of creation: 03 Dec 2012
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Publication status: Published - Presented, Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Conference 2012, 2012, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00787805

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Keywords: Collaboration teams; questionnaires performance; cross-functional teams; product development; measurement model; virtual team;

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  1. Ale Ebrahim, Nader & Ahmed, Shamsuddin & Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim & Taha, Zahari, 2010. "The Effectiveness of Virtual R&D Teams in SMEs: Experiences of Malaysian SMEs," MPRA Paper 27368, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2010.
  2. Ale Ebrahim, Nader & Ahmed, Shamsuddin & Taha, Zahari, 2009. "Modified stage-gate: A conceptual model of virtual product development process," MPRA Paper 27043, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2009.
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