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Virtual Teams: A New Opportunity to Develop a Business

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  • Ale Ebrahim, Nader
  • Ahmed, Shamsuddin
  • Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim
  • Taha, Zahari

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Virtual teams give many advantages to organizations, including increased knowledge sharing and improve organizational performance. Virtual teams have altered the expectations and boundaries of knowledge worker’s interactions and make a new opportunity to develop the business. In this paper, we present summary results of an online survey. The online questionnaire was emailed by using a simple random sampling method to 356 Malaysian manufacturing small and medium –sized Enterprises (SMEs). The findings of this study show that SMEs in Malaysia are gaining to use virtual teams, and it can be concluded that virtual teams provide a new platform for developing the business in SMEs. Based on the study, we suggest avenues for future research that are important to advancing our understanding of virtual team effects on business growth.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26934.

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Date of creation: 2010
Date of revision: 2010
Publication status: Published in INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS BOUNDARIES Section For Co-curricular Courses, External Faculty Electives and TITAS.Univer(2010): pp. 1-5
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26934

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Keywords: Collaboration; virtual teams; SMEs; Entrepreneurship; Business development; Survey;

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