Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2003


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Communications and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622


Executive Summary

Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, rapid strides have been made in the technology in all spheres of life. This has led us eventually to be encompassed by the feeling "The world is shrinking." This kind of globalization boom has been responsible for us to form an efficient inter-network among all locations of the world. Different regions have different cultures and a bunch of unique etiquette. Thus in order to spread its tentacles all over the globe, a company must account for this fact. This brings us to the topic of Cross Cultural teams, which indeed becomes a necessity. Just as the adage goes "Nothing is perfect," the functionality of cross-cultural teams has its own pros and cons. Having cross-cultural teams implies a great creative and constructive potential for efficient functioning, as people from different cultural backgrounds put their heads together to deal with a particular task. They might have to face a lot of challenges, as each person's background is different. Also, each person's goal might seemingly be conflicting with the other. Solving of such issues might lay the grounds for a better understanding among teammates. When assaying the factors that might make a cross-cultural team successful, we observed that "Orientation towards a common goal" will be the guiding force in all of the company's endeavors. This includes common values, common perceptions and of course common aspirations.


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