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Chapter 16. Cultural Considerations Associated with Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are much more likely to encounter cultural differences among members than any other type of team. By design, virtual teams include people from different locations, companies, functions, and cultures. Although this diversity is one of the team’s greatest advantages, initially there might be some challenges to overcome.

The biggest cultural difference found in a team with members from different countries is language. At a basic level, can members communicate with each other adequately? Can they do so in writing as well as verbally? Is there one common language that members can use when working together? Generally, teams do better when they agree to use one common language when working together and their native language when working independently from the team.


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