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How Can You Make a Successful International Team? Submitted By: Mr. Vishal Saran Student Id: 0716714 Programme: MBA'08-09 Date: 25/02/2008 Table of Contents Topic Page 1. Introduction 2 2. Importance of Teamwork 3 3. How Teams and Groups Operate 4 4. How to Build a Good Team 5 5. Stages of Group Development 7 6. Working in International Teams 8 7. Bibliography and References 10 Introduction What is a group or a team? Although different authors may have a different definition of group from one another, a more basic and general definition as per the Oxford Dictionary could be as follows: A group may be defined as a number of people gathered or classed together. A team may be defined as two or more people working together to achieve a common goal. Since, there is but a very slight difference between the meanings of the two terms, we will be using them interchangeably. Marion Hampton (1999, p.113) informs about the symbolic and practical aspects of groups: "Groups embody many important cultural values of Western society: teamwork, co-operation, a collective that is greater than the sum of its parts, informality, egalitarianism and even the indispensability of the individual member. ...read more.


iv. Organizational Perspective: policies and rules made by the company. v. Socio-Economic Perspective: economic factors affecting organization. * Required and Given Behaviours: Behaviours that the employees are 'required' to adhere to by the organization. According to the employees, these are the behaviours 'given' to them. Organizations expect the individuals to perform certain activities; have interactions among them; should oblige certain norms or rules; and should show some sentiments towards their work. Homans has refers to this collectively as the external system. * Emergent and Actual Behaviours: The behaviour of the group members, apart from those required by the organization, are known as 'emergent behaviours'. These actions are the activities, interactions and sentiments and are the outcome of the 'background factors' and from 'required and given behaviours'. Emergent behaviours have their set of norms. Homans refers to this as the internal system. Stages of Group Development Bruce Tuckman and Mary Ann Jensen suggested that there are five stages of group development - forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning (Tuckman, 1965; Tuckman and Jensen, 1977). It might not be necessary that all groups are developed through all the five stages and it is possible that some groups may get stuck at some earlier stage making them inefficient. ...read more.


This is again not good for the development of the organization. Overall, I would say that working in an international environment has both pros and cons. There may be some aspects of it which might prove to be beneficial for the organizations but at the same time, there will be some factors affecting the progress of the organization. The diversity in such organizations is also good for the employees. The employees will get international exposure. Also, according to me, employees of such organizations will have the knowledge about different cultures. They would learn new things and would gather new ideas and thoughts. They would get to know about working in various cultures. They would also get to know about the work ethics and work cultures of different nations, as the work culture of one country could be very different from the work culture if another country. This is a very vital quality that most employers look for in their employees these days. As most organizations are now trying to target the international markets, they require employees who can go to various countries and work there representing the organization. Someone who is a good team player and also has the quality of being easily adaptable to an international environment will prove to be a valuable asset to the organization. ...read more.

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