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ERIC Number: EJ984838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
The Anonymity Factor in Making Multicultural Teams Work: Virtual and Real Teams
Berg, Roberta Wiig
Business Communication Quarterly, v75 n4 p404-424 Dec 2012
A major purpose of courses in intercultural communication is often to improve students' ability to perform well in situations with the potential to be both highly enlightening and highly difficult--in multicultural teams. This article reports the results of exercises in which members of a dysfunctional multicultural class were assigned to teams and given a task to perform in an anonymous, virtual-team setting, as well as in a real-team setting. Team members contributed in a much more balanced manner in the anonymous virtual-team exercise. However, team members nevertheless believed their input had been heard and appreciated in the real-team setting. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Ghana; North America; Norway