Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2017


Charles M. Weber

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

ETM 522/622


There are many factors that contribute to the success and effectiveness of a team. One of the most important factors affecting team performance is cultural diversity. Most of the time, teams are formed by integrating a diverse group of people that have different cultural background such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, skills, values, and experiences. This diversity will have a positive impact on the team which will improve the team performance. But sometimes, diversity can also cause some negative impacts. This paper identifies some of the constructive as well as adverse aspects of cultural diversity. Furthermore, this paper also identifies opportunities and threats comes with with cultural diversity. Results are organized and presented using the SWOT analysis method. Additionally, some personal experiences are mentioned as an evidence for the analysis. As all the authors are coming from different cultural backgrounds, their perspectives add an additional dimension to the analysis.


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