Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari (2009): Virtual R & D teams in small and medium enterprises: A literature review. Published in: Scientific Research and Essays , Vol. 4, No. 13 (December 2009): pp. 1575-1590.
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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the driving engine behind economic growth. While SMEs play a critical role in generating employment and supporting trade, they face numerous challenges, the prominent among them are the need to respond to fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Towards that end, research and development (R & D) aspect deserves particular attention to promote and facilitate the operations of SMEs. Virtual R & D team could be a viable option. However, literature shows that virtual R & D teaming in SMEs is still at its infancy. This article provides a comprehensive literature review on different aspects of virtual R & D teams collected from the reputed publications. The purpose of the state-of-the-art literature review is to provide an overview on the structure and dynamics of R & D collaboration in SMEs. Specifying the foundation and importance of virtual teams, the relationship between virtual R & D team and SMEs has been examined. It concludes with the identification of the gaps in the existing literature's and calls for future research. It is argued that setting-up an infrastructure for virtual R & D team in SMEs still requires a large amount of engineering efforts and deserves consideration at top level management.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Virtual R & D teams in small and medium enterprises: A literature review|
|English Title:||Virtual R & D teams in small and medium enterprises: A literature review|
|Keywords:||Virtual teams, small and medium enterprises, literature review|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L6 - Industry Studies: Manufacturing
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L17 - Open Source Products and Markets
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M12 - Personnel Management; Executive Compensation
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M11 - Production Management
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P42 - Productive Enterprises; Factor and Product Markets; Prices; Population
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P23 - Factor and Product Markets; Industry Studies; Population
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L15 - Information and Product Quality; Standardization and Compatibility
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights
|Depositing User:||Nader Ale Ebrahim|
|Date Deposited:||09. Mar 2011 07:41|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 11:33|
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