Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2008


Charles Weber

Course Title

Communications and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622


Diversity in cross-cultural teams is inevitable. When people with unique backgrounds are working together in a team, the formation of subgroups may be expected. This phenomenon is also known as the development of faultlines. This situation impedes the collaboration and knowledge sharing between team members, which can be expected to eventually lead to a deterioration of the team's performance. This report describes the relationship between faultlines and five different cultural dimensions, namely, power distance, individualism vs. collectivism, masculinity vs. femininity, uncertainty avoidance and long-term vs. short-term orientation. Understanding these relationships enables team members and managers to better anticipate differences between individual team members and work towards enhancing a team's performance.


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