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A Global View on Intercultural Management by Jürgen Rothlauf

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8 Multicultural Teams

8.0 Statement of the problem

A failed teamwork project

(Hodgetts/Luthans)

 

In attempting to plan a new project, a three-person team composed of managers from Britain, France, and Switzerland failed to reach agreement. To the others, the British representative appeared unable to accept any systematic approach; he wanted to discuss all potential problems before making a decision. The French and Swiss representatives agreed to examine everything before making a decision, but then disagreed on the sequence and scheduling of operations. The Swiss, being more pessimistic in his planning, allocated more time for each suboperation than did the French. As a result, although everybody agreed on its validity, they never started ...

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