ERIC Number: EJ1119445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Addressing Cross-Cultural Teamwork Barriers: Implications for Industry Practice and Higher Education Curricula
Levitt, Steven R.
Industry and Higher Education, v30 n5 p315-320 Oct 2016
This study explores cultural factors affecting international team dynamics and the implications for industry practice and higher education. Despite decades of studying and experience with cultural diversity, international work groups continue to be challenged by ethnocentrism and prejudices. Central to the context is that cultural differences in international teamwork result in a dynamic push-pull tension between seemingly contradictory forces: the "diversity" of the team members and the desired "unity" of the team's purpose and activities. Thus there is a critical demand for increased intercultural competence for industry practitioners and higher education students. Recommendations for improving international teamwork dynamics and implications for higher education curricula are offered.
Descriptors: Teamwork, Barriers, Intercultural Communication, Higher Education, Cultural Influences, Cultural Differences, International Cooperation, Interpersonal Competence, Interviews, Critical Incidents Method, Cross Cultural Studies, School Business Relationship, Ethnocentrism, Social Bias, Telephone Surveys, Occupational Surveys, Organizational Culture, Organizational Climate, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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