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Multicultural effects in global virtual team: communication challanges
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Numerous studies have revealed about challenges which affect collaboration in global teams: these challenges could be geographical, cultural and language challenges. Global team represent a team that may be geographically dispersed in different regions: they can be classified as being ‘typically cultural heterogeneous’. This reveals that there will be differences between how they communicate, the way they function and work as a global team. This master thesis ‘’Multicultural effects in a Global Virtual Team’’ is based on the communication challenges encountered in a multicultural global virtual team. Global virtual team (GVT) could be described as different project team who are geographically dispersed, which possess different culture and orientation but are brought together to collaborate through technology such as virtual communication system. The fact remains that there would be some elements of challenges since they are culturally different: example is poor communication which negatively affect collaboration in a global virtual team and thus affects the success their project in its entirety. Hence, the objective of this master thesis is to investigate and identify barriers that affect communication in multi-cultural global virtual team: also the missing links between the technology and the participants. In addition to the objective, the goal of this thesis will be to generate an idea or concept that will positively support collaboration among global virtual team. The delimitation of this thesis will be limited to (i) the challenges global virtual team faces during collaborating via virtual communication systems and (ii) the challenges based on interaction & communication mode in global virtual teams. The three research questions were adopted for this thesis thus: (i) ‘what are the effects of multi- culture in a global virtual team’, (ii) ‘what technologies are in use’ and (iii) ‘what technology or concept will work to support the communication among global virtual team’. In realizing the objective and goals of this thesis: interviews were conducted with two project leaders from two different companies in Nigeria, these interviews were to aid in identifying communication related problems among GVT. At the end, ‘’problem of accent’’ was identified as a communication barrier in a global virtual team. In conclusion, two ideas were generated at the end of this thesis but were further merged together to develop a concept that can be used in reducing or eliminating the communication problem of accent identified in this thesis: hence the concepts will be used to support communication among global virtual team.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Global virtual team, virtual communication systems, multi-, culture, collaboration, product development, communication
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-45459ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--10/074--SELocal ID: 3251ee53-6d34-49a5-90e4-dc227f9bb192OAI: diva2:1018750
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Mechanical Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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