Paper Summary Amidst rapid globalization, cross-cultural business teams are becoming an increasingly prominent phenomenon. With a flood of international corporations and organizations expanding into Asia searching out new and untapped markets, the region’s position in the world has been noticeably strengthened. Under these circumstances, working teams consisting of members from Western and Asian cultures become more common than ever in the workplace. Such teams as basic functional units, within an organization often encounter some unprecedented problems rarely faced by teams with uniform backgrounds. Issues arising from basic language understanding to deeply ingrained social conditioning can have a negative impact on a team’s performance to deliver business goals and directives. During our current economic downturn, this sort of loss can have a major affect on a corporation’s overall productivity and profitability. This paper analyzes team formation, communication and structure within an American- Asian cultural context by examining peer-reviewed articles between 1990 to present day. An understanding of these three issues can help project managers to identify and resolve potential issues in their cross-cultural teams.
Abu-Khater, Bassam; Burton, Michael; Lloyd, Randy; Xavier, Abitzen; and Wang, Pei, "Ethnic Variations Between Asian and United States Employees in Cross-Functional Teams" (2003). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1460.