Virtual Teams Theory

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Paradigms/theories A relatively new theory for product development had emerged and that is the theory for the inclusion of virtual teams. Virtual teams work across the boundaries of time and space via utilizing modern computer driven technologies. The term is used to cover a somewhat wide range of activities and forms of technology-supported working (Anderson e t al., 2007, qtd. in Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, 2653). Virtual teams involve members who are situated in more than one physical location (Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, 2653). Camarinha-Matos and Afsarmanesh (2003, qtd. in Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, 2653) conclude that, the process of setting up an infrastructure for virtual teams still requires a significantly large engineering…show more content…
For example, Gokpinar, Hopp and Iravani (3) use quantitative empirical study to address the issues of speed and accuracy via separate metrics within the product development systems. Holtta-Otto and de Weck (2) quantitatively analyze the degree of modularity of existing product architectures and qualitatively discusse the relationship between technical and business constraints. Sosa, Mihm and Browning (1) examine how exactly the fraction and presence of hubs relate to a system’s quality. They provide empirical quantitative evidence that the presence of hubs in a given system’s architecture is associated with a low number of defects (Sosa, Mihm and Browning 1). Makumbe (31) uses a multiple embedded case study and grounded theory to assess the very definition of complexity in the context of globally distributed product development. For the BusinessWeek Research Services research more than 1000 online surveys and in-depth interviews were conducted among U.S., Asian and European product development and senior management executives with the purpose to discover what is needed for successful GPD (BusinessWeek Research Services…show more content…
These locations may be within a single corporate entity, within subsidiaries or involve the use of third parties.” (Siemens PLM Software 1). Furthermore, they state a few of the reasons for doing DPD. According to them doing so enables companies to lower their development costs, to access more specialized skill sets, mitigate financial risk, shorten the development cycle, and improve their ability to deliver localized product content (Siemens PLM Software

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