How Will We Work Together? Synthesizing a Cross-Cultural Collaboration Grid from the Dual Concern Model and Acculturation Framework

38 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2012  

Kevin Lo

University of San Francisco

Jennifer Parlamis

University of San Francisco

Date Written: June 15, 2012

Abstract

Cross-cultural collaboration through multicultural groups and teams is the current reality of international business. However, management research does not specifically address the process by which individuals from different national cultures come together to collaborate in an organizational work setting. This work takes a step towards understanding this process. We first discuss the dual concerns model and the acculturation framework to identify areas of congruence that have explanatory value for cross-cultural collaboration. From this point, we derive a cross-cultural collaboration grid that can help understand how people from different national cultures might work together based on the relative prioritization of concern for self vs. concern for the other. After introducing the cross-cultural collaboration grid, we discuss potential moderating variables at both the individual (contact, superordinate goals, and power) and cultural levels (individualism-collectivism, tightness-looseness, and power distance) that will impact the cross-cultural collaboration process. We conclude with contributions and limitations that can be addressed by future research.

Keywords: acculturation, cross-cultural, collaboration, negotiation, dual concern model

Suggested Citation

Lo, Kevin and Parlamis, Jennifer, How Will We Work Together? Synthesizing a Cross-Cultural Collaboration Grid from the Dual Concern Model and Acculturation Framework (June 15, 2012). Intl. Association for Conflict Management, IACM 25th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2084838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2084838

Kevin Lo

University of San Francisco ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

Jennifer Parlamis (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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