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Leading global teams
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (International Business)
Monash University, Australia.
Kingston University.
2012 (English)In: Journal of world business (Print), ISSN 1090-9516, Vol. 47, no 4, 592-603 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Global teams that are characterized by national, cultural and linguistic heterogeneity and operate in a globally dispersed virtual environment are becoming an established form of organizing work in multinational organizations. As global team leadership research is rather limited, we review the literature on leading multicultural and virtual teams in a global context, focusing on leadership competencies, styles, strategies and modes. We also examine the emergent concepts of biculturalism, global mindsets and cultural intelligence with respect to team leaders. Our aim is to add to our knowledge of leading global teams, highlight recent trends and suggest directions for future research. Three themes for global team leadership emerged: leaders as boundary spanners, bridge makers and blenders, people-oriented leadership, and leveraging diversity. We discuss implications for research and practice.

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2012. Vol. 47, no 4, 592-603 p.
Keyword [en]
global teams, virtual teams, multicultural teams, team leadership, people-oriented leadership, boundary spanner, bridge maker, biculturalism, leverage diversity
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-177670DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2012.01.012ISI: 000310121800012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-177670DiVA: diva2:541485
Available from: 2012-07-18 Created: 2012-07-18 Last updated: 2012-11-27Bibliographically approved

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