According to Gupta, Govindarajan, and Wang (2008), what are some reasons global teams fail? How might team members overcome communication barriers?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 8:39 am ad1c9bdddf
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 ...
This article provides information about teams that are global and virtual. It gives detail around communication issues with these teams.
Communication for specialty motorcycle known as 'Hot Rod'
Assume you are a Manufacturing Manager who is responsible for leading a global cross functional team. The team has been tasked with developing a more cost effective way of producing your specialty motorcycle known as the 'Hot Rod' without sacrificing product quality. Your team's job is to figure out the best new processes and test them before the end of the next quarter. Since the team has only six months to complete this task, time is of the essence.
1. How can personal networking help you achieve this task?
2. What specific barriers to communication may occur in your project and how might you mange to overcome them?
3. How can horizontal communication help you lead this team?
4. How might culture affect communication on this team?
5. What specific communication methods would you use to keep the team members and management informed on the project, due dates and launch activities?