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Going international without going international: multinational virtual teams

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  • Van Ryssen, Stefaan
  • Godar, Susan Hayes
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    Abstract

    This case study of a multinational virtual team project tells how students have collaborated to write a paper in country dyads. Spanning our experience over five semesters, the paper shows how students can participate in an actual cross-cultural learning alliance within the normal curriculum. In this project, students are partnered with students from another country and jointly analyze the marketing of a product in the two countries. Communicating by E-mail and the Web, they work together in virtual teams to complete this task. Analyzing the benefits--and the problems--such collaborative efforts present for our students, we offer suggestions for professors who might like to design and administer a similar project. We find that the effectiveness of such projects is dependent on the professor/instructor's ability to help students overcome barriers to successful intercultural communications, not on mastery of technology.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Management.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 49-60

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:intman:v:6:y:2000:i:1:p:49-60

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    Keywords: Multinational virtual teams Student collaboration Undergraduate education International marketing;

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    Cited by:
    1. Nader Ale Ebrahim & Shamsuddin Ahmed & Zahari Taha, 2009. "Innovation and R&D Activities in Virtual Team," Post-Print hal-00593360, HAL.
    2. Nader Ale Ebrahim & Shamsuddin Ahmed & Zahari Taha, 2010. "SMEs; Virtual Research and Development (R&D) Teams and New Product Development: A Literature Review," Post-Print hal-00593362, HAL.
    3. Raab, Katharina J. & Ambos, Björn & Tallman, Stephen, 2014. "Strong or invisible hands? – Managerial involvement in the knowledge sharing process of globally dispersed knowledge groups," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 32-41.
    4. Ale Ebrahim, Nader & Ahmed, Shamsuddin & Taha, Zahari, 2008. "Virtuality, Innovation and R&D Activities," MPRA Paper 27267, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Apr 2009.

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