Leading Teams in a Global Environment
Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, Volume 2013, Issue 2, pp. 87-100
19 Pages Posted: 29 May 2013 Last revised: 21 Jun 2013
Date Written: May 22, 2013
The interpersonal dynamics involved in any kind of organizational team are extremely complex. One must first define a team in order to truly appreciate the group dynamics that are taking place. A team is more than just a group of individuals. Traditionally, communication was studied by observing the outward behavior of the group, with very little regard to context or individual mental maps and characteristics. In the global arena, the issues of culture, language, communication, and context add even more complexity to working in teams. This paper will discuss both the importance of understanding team development and the larger context of how to do so in an increasingly global environment. Finally, an instructional framework will be developed to aid organizations in educating members of global teams to function more effectively and with greater success during expatriate assignments in multicultural contexts.
Keywords: Organizational Leadership, Leadership, Team Building, Global Teams, Interpersonal Communication, Bonafide Group Communication, Participation Training, Culture
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