Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2002


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622


Teams in the workplace -- Management, Knowledge management, Communication in organizations, Intercultural communication


To date, a team's composition has been primarily studied through demographic variables such as age, gender, and race, or through organization-related characteristics such as tenure or functional background. 1 This paper endeavors to explore cross-cultural team issues. With increasing globalization and multi-national companies, cross-cultural teams have become more common. Cultural heterogeneity can result in teams that provide more thorough and creative solutions. This paper examines the benefits of Cross-Cultural teams as well as some of many cultural differences to be considered when assembling and running these teams. Cultural differences affect the ways in which individuals associate as a team, these differences are discussed in individualism and collectivism. Differences in individual performance expectations in regard to time, effort and deadlines are also discussed.


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