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Title: A virtual collaboration model for dispersed project teams
Author: Brittain, William Joseph
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 5493
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2013
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In the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, non-conforming products can have serious health consequences for end users. Although much has been done to eliminate such products with respect to development and production processes, researchers have not yet explored, in depth, the relationship between the degree of virtuality with which project teams in the industry operate and the degree to which product quality may be compromised. The aim of this research was to develop a simple set of basic organisational enablers and project and team focussed processes that could be utilised by dispersed project teams to enhance their probability of successful project outcomes. A conceptual model was developed from the literature and the author’s experience of supporting virtual project teams in global organisations. This was tested by conducting an online survey with dispersed teams involved in the design, development or production of pharmaceutical and medical products to ascertain which variables negatively impacted project outcomes and which variables acted as enablers for successful goal achievement. The survey was conducted in one global organisation. The study highlighted key basic organisational inputs and project and team focussed processes that act as enablers for project success and can be implemented by managers and teams at all levels of ability and development. There was sufficient evidence to support recommending a focus on these enablers in a business context and as a basis for further research in an academic context. The implications of these findings are the provision of a basic framework for researchers to build on when investigating the enablers required for effective goal achievement in dispersed project teams and a simple model for use in business to enhance the probability of project success.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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