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.
Managing multicultural teams for collective leadership and performance