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Multicultural Teams in Competitive Environments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Development in technology and information sectors created a need for highly skilled workers that is, however, often not met by local workforces alone. The answer is increasingly often to set up workplaces with people originating from many different parts of the world. This evokes a number of challenges for both leaders and employees: The former need to consider the cultural backgrounds of their employees and the latter need to adjust to different views on what the world looks like in their work with each other. This thesis investigated the challenges and opportunities that come with working in competitive environments and teams of diverse cultures at a university-based computer science department. An exploratory study was conducted to explore how leaders and team members deal with the consequences of multiculturalism in order to contribute to both practice and theory. In total, 14 people with experience from teamwork in a multicultural and competitive environment were interviewed. The study found many challenges including communication, hierarchical differences and trust. Some opportunities—mainly satisfaction—were also identified. Other findings were differences in dealing with issues, often depending on cultural background, as well as that time played an important part in learning and adapting to differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
Culture, Diversity, Multicultural Teams, Teams
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325296OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325296DiVA: diva2:1114117
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Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-26Bibliographically approved

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