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Global Teams: Overcoming Communications Barriers

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According to Gupta, Govindarajan, and Wang (2008), what are some reasons global teams fail? How might team members overcome communication barriers?

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Global teams are typically known as virtual teams. While many companies are choosing to travel down this avenue, it is imperative that they continue to treat virtual team members with the same level of respect as present team members. There are many reasons why these type of teams may fail, such as:

- Lack of communication
- Poor leadership
- Lacking team goals
- Little or no training provided

These are just a few of the reasons why global teams fail. Others reasons include:

- "Ineffective leadership
To be effective, team leaders in a virtual environment must be especially sensitive to interpersonal, communication, and cultural factors to overcome the limitations of distance. Organizations should select team leaders that not only have the necessary technical skills but also have the team-building and interpersonal skills required to effectively lead in a virtual environment. If you're a team leader, get your team organized. Set goals and establish the direction in which you'd like the team to go. And always keep members engaged through timely feedback, team building exercises and periodic face-to-face meetings.

- Lack of clear goals, direction or priorities
As with any team, virtual or co-located, a lack of clear goals and priorities will inhibit team performance. And because ...

Solution Summary

This article provides information about teams that are global and virtual. It gives detail around communication issues with these teams.