Leaders and followers in multi-cultural teams: Their effects on team communication, team identity and team effectiveness

Alon Lisak, Miriam Erez

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Abstract

This study examines the role of leaders and followers in multicultural teams and their effects on team communication, team identity and team effectiveness. Participants were 308 MBA students from 7 countries working in 77 virtual MCTs of 4 members each, one of whom served as the leader. Their task was to prepare guidelines for an expatriate. In addition, participants filled out questionnaires assessing team communication, team identity, team effectiveness, transformational leadership and global identity. The results demonstrated that transformational leadership significantly enhanced team communication, identity and effectiveness only for followers with high levels of global identities, but not for ones with low levels of global identity, with team identity mediating the relationship with team effectiveness and team communication mediating the relationship with team identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 ACM SIGCHI International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC'09
Pages81-87
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 ACM SIGCHI International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC'09 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: 20 Feb 200921 Feb 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2009 ACM SIGCHI International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC'09

Conference

Conference2009 ACM SIGCHI International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC'09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA
Period20/02/0921/02/09

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Global leadership
  • Leaders- Followers
  • MCTs
  • Team identity

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