Different Jobs Need Different Cultures

24 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2011 Last revised: 27 Jul 2012

Date Written: January 10, 2010


Team performance is affected by cultural values; in this paper we propose that cultural differences have different influences in distinct job-fields. The implications are based upon a survey of software development teams in the game software industry. We focus on the game software industry as it represents an under-researched field, and the game software development teams are truly international work teams and are predestinated for cross-cultural research. Based upon cross-cultural information systems and teamwork literature, we develop a conceptual model with the constructs of cultural values, cultural intelligence, mindfulness, teamwork quality, and team performance and tested it on a sample of 179 game developers. The results show that cultural values have an influence on team performance and more important these values differ in the job- fields.

Keywords: cultural differences, cultural diversity, team performance

Suggested Citation

Scholz, Tobias M., Different Jobs Need Different Cultures (January 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1907601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907601

Tobias M. Scholz (Contact Author)

University of Siegen ( email )

Hoelderlinstrasse 3
57068 Siegen, NRW 57068

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