IESE professor Yih-Teen Lee and Minna Paunova of Copenhagen Business School have managed to shed some light at trying to self-managed multicultural teams for executing a team task in a nine month study. They found that especially when engaging with knowledge work, the fact these teams have a wide set of skills and viewpoints can help foster creativity. What´s more, having a wider range of capabilities allows them to serve a variety of client needs across different cultures. However, just because it is becoming common doesn´t mean it is easy.  International collaboration can be difficult. Oftentimes, colleagues must cross time zones, as well as language barriers and cultural divides.

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