Cross-cultural collaboration

As more organizations expand their operations and relationships to compete globally, as they strive to obtain opportunities for work in countries much different than their own or outsource their core activities to organizations operating on the opposite side of the world, today's project managers are routinely facing personnel management and development issues that most of their predecessors never experienced. And from this new challenge are emerging new paradigms for managing project teams. This article examines the challenges involved in managing project teams comprised of members who located around the world. In doing so, it explains why communication is the heart of managing globally dispersed and virtually connected project teams and how a lack of face-to-face communication can hinder such teams. It then outlines five techniques that project managers leading these teams can use to ensure that their team is collaborating and communicating effectively, techniques that include building a communications prot
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