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Learning online with Deakin

Deakin’s online courses are based on a few, but important, learning principles. To get the most out of this course, we encourage you to keep in mind the following. Our …

Fostering Positive Diversity Mindsets

Diversity mindsets are a key factor for diverse teams that work well together. Having a positive diversity mindset involves knowledge about diversity and its effects and how to handle diversity. …

Overcoming team fault lines

Cultural fault lines do not always have to hurt team processes and performance. The more attributes that align within a group, the stronger the strength of the faultline. Cross-categorisation Leaders …

Where to next?

Well done on completing Week 3. In our final week of Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace, we’re going to turn our attention to exploring how to lead diverse, …

What have we learnt?

As we’ve learnt this week, there are many strategies that you can use to harness the potential benefits and manage the challenges of working in diverse teams. To seize the …

SPLIT: Technology

Leaders of GVTs need to make technology work in their favour. To this end, a leader should think about these questions: Should communication be instant? Leaders should choose the appropriate …

SPLIT framework for leading GVTs

The SPLIT framework helps leaders to identify and address the sources of social distance in GVTs. In Week 2, we discussed how the complexity of global virtual teams (GVTs) bring …

SPLIT: Language and Identity

We’ve discussed language gaps and cultural differences in culturally diverse teams, but how do we manage these in Global Virtual Teams? The next elements of Neeley’s SPLIT framework are language …

Bridging: Preparing & Decentering

The next step is to bridge communication differences among team members. Adpated from Lane & Maznevski (2019) Once team members have an understanding of the cultural perspectives within the team, …

Mapping

The MBI model involves three main phases for high performing diverse teams: mapping, bridging and integrating. The first process of the MBI model is to map cultural differences present in …

What have we learnt?

So why does cultural diversity matter in teams? Based on what we’ve learnt this week, cultural diversity can benefit both organisations and individuals. But it can also present challenges, which …

The different dimensions of culture

National cultural frameworks describe national-based cultural differences along some common ‘dimensions’. There are a number of frameworks, which vary in the number and type of value dimensions. For example, Hofstede’s …