Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2004


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622


Business dynamics today brought about by globalization have required managers in many functional areas to re-evaluate how project oriented tasks are accomplished in a team environment. New issues that affect the overall harmony of the team have been introduced over the past decade with the growing number of companies doing business abroad. Whether aware of it or not, culture plays an intricate role in each of our lives and it adds another characteristic to consider with teams of cross-cultural members. This conceptual paper considers three main groups that can affect the performance and overall effectiveness of a culturally diverse team. The individual, the sub-groups and the group each play a role in developing the team culture that is critical in determining how a team is likely to perform. Knowing the characteristics that each member may bring to a team, and why, will assist the manager in dealing with events that are disruptive or learn to recognize them before such events may occur. This paper forms a construct that presents the culturally biased components within a cross-cultural team and how each affects the overall team culture.


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