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2015 (English)In: The Future of Global Organizing / [ed] Alain Verbeke, Rob van Tulder, Rian Drogendijk, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter draws on a panel discussion of the future of global organizing as a team-based organization at EIBA 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden. We began by discussing contemporary developments of hybrid forms of hierarchy and teams-based organizing, but we venture to propose that as organizations become characterized by decreased importance of hierarchal structures, more fluidity across borders, even a possible dissolution of firm boundaries, we move towards team-based organizing as an alternative to more traditional forms of hierarchical-based organizing in global firms. To provide input for a discussion of challenges and opportunities of future global organizing as being team-based, we presented new advancements in the study of global teams, leadership, process and outcomes divided into four themes. Two specifically address processes in global teams: 1) the benefits of openness towards linguistic and value diversity in enhancing team creativity and performance, and 2) the sharing of knowledge in team-based organizations, while the other two themes address global team leadership: 3) the unprecedented significance of social capital for the success of global team leader roles; and 4) the link between shared leadership, satisfaction and performance in global virtual teams. We bring together ideas from the lively discussion between the audience and the panel members where we identify questions at three levels for bringing research on team-based organizing in global organizations forward: the within-team individual level, the between-teams group level, and the across-teams organizational level. We conclude the chapter by encouraging other scholars to join us in exploring team-based global organizations as the future of global organizing.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015.
, Progress in International Business Research, ISSN 1745-8862 ; 10
Keyword [en]
global teams, virtual teams, team leadership, shared leadership, global leadership roles, boundary spanning, bridge making, blending, knowledge transfer, creativity, diversity, language
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253166DiVA: diva2:813553
Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-05-22

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