Tag: Cross-cultural virtual teams

Different cultures have different ways of communicating

Different cultures have different ways of communicating

Have you ever struggled to plan an event with people from different cultural backgrounds? This situation isn’t uncommon and results from cultural differences in communication. Cultures that communicate explicitly include those in Germany, Switzerland, the countries of Scandinavia and the United States. In the context of these cultures, plans are typically set clearly and plainly, using words. The downside of…

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Leading cross-cultural teams in today’s global marketplace

Leading cross-cultural teams in today’s global marketplace

Today’s business is global, with lots of companies having locations around the globe and others using resellers, partners, consultants, or subcontractors to deliver services and products wherever needed. There’s a natural assumption that any good communicator will succeed just as successful when communicating with individuals from another country and another culture. Communicating without sensitivity to another country’s culture, norms, and…

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Strategies for working in cross-cultural virtual teams

Strategies for working in cross-cultural virtual teams

Riding on the back of fast advanced communications technology, cross cultural virtual teams became, well, practically routine for many large organisations. People relate to one another based on the norms of the culture they were raised in and, therefore, much of the possible business productivity of cross cultural virtual teams is dissipated in misinterpretations, unspoken assumptions, and sometimes even traumatic…

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