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Organizational Behavior and Teamwork

You are in charge of managing a global virtual team that develops a high technology product. Your company is headquartered in Northern California, where the R&D is also located. But team members are all over the world, in China, in India, in France, in Ireland, in Mexico, and in Brazil. The team is made up of top professionals in various functions, such as engineering, marketing, manufacturing, etc.

I need some help with starting on the report that will ultimately aim to explain these aspects:

Part 1. Organizing the team, developing rules, assigning tasks, following up on tasks (who is in charge of what, deadlines, accountability etc.).
Part 2. Setting up Communication, overcoming time zones, technology
Part 3. Language Issues
Part 4. Cultural differences (based on Hofstede's Model)

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Team management is a technique of managing, coordinating and organizing a group of people that works in the organization for achieving a common goal (Dinsmore & Cabanis-Brewin, 2010). In the given situation, the organization performs its business operation in several countries such as China, India, France, Ireland, Mexico, and Brazil virtually. The team leader has to manage its team members in an effective way to perform several functions such as engineering, marketing, and manufacturing. This tutorial will discuss and develop a plan for managing its team members.

Organizing Team and Development of Rules

The team leader has to identify some rules that would define the accountability and responsibility of all the team members. The members of a team should work together within a group and interact with each other appropriately. To develop the team norms and rules, leaders should organize a meeting. All the rules for an effective team should not become dysfunctional and should not have any negative impact on the success of the team. There are some rules that should be included in a team management plan. Firstly, all the team members should be consider each other equal and should work as co-workers (Sower, 2010). These team members should agree on a due date for work and their opinions should be considered thoughtfully. These rules will reduce the inequality among the team members.

In addition, effective communication is essential for all members. Team members should participate in the meetings to give their suggestions and attend the meetings on time and always work with the agenda. It is also an important rule for all team members that they first solve all the conflicts within the team. Any conflict that is not possible to resolve within the team should then be transferred to the manager (Siebdrat, Hoegl & Ernst, 2009). Likewise, All decisions must be solved on the basis of the majority. Taking everyone's opinion into consideration will be quite effective in building a strong and a successful team.

At the same time, the plan should also be to assign things to the members that are appropriate for that particular task. For example, ...

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Organizational behavior and teamwork is examined.