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People in Projects by Project Management Institute

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Global Work Teams: A Cultural Perspective

Larraine Segil

PM Network 25 (March 1999)

As business becomes increasingly cross cultural, business management is playing an instrumental role in this process. Contemporary managers talk about going global, internationalizing activities, and relocating facilities abroad. This type of organizational restructuring means that more employees are required to work with counterparts in different countries. The result is the growing use of a combination of work teams and international internal alliances: global work teams.

The global work team is an emerging type of internal alliance. As the workforce is going global, such a team concept is quickly following suit. And with good reason: global work teams can ...

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