Concurrent Engineering (CE) aims at the goal of cost and time reduction as well as quality improvement. For this achievement of CE, the collaboration of various activities are considered, ranging from design disciplines, manufacturing and assembly, marketing and purchasing, all the way to the end users. In this respect, collaboration of people from various activities among different locations is crucial to the success of CE, where the collaboration does not mean the activities for industries but also for academia to pursue global research/education. TMAC (TokushimaU UTeM Academic Centre) has been established in September, 2014 in order to enhance the academic collaboration between the two institutions. TMAC is not a satellite office of Tokushima University at UTeM but a joint academic center which is designed to be operated by a virtual team composed of the existing faculties who serve for each institution. In other words, TMAC has a unique organizational structure based on the virtual team across the globe. Therefore, it is a very critical project to figure out how to enhance the global collaboration among TMAC staffs. For enhancing the collaboration, some existing communication tools and collaboration system are already under use. However, a new type of cloud-based computing system is required to satisfy the specific needs of this unique organization. This paper overviews the outline of TMAC and presents an idea of cloud-based supervision system to support virtual team organization for global academic collaboration of TMAC, which could be applied to the similar types of global collaboration.
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