Global Teamwork to Promote Cultural Understanding and Communication

Sharon Beaudry, Eva Toth Szalvai


Cultural dimensions theory provides a framework for cross-cultural understanding and communication.  Geert Hofstede’s work in this area offers a foundational appreciation of how a society’s culture can shape values and behaviors encountered in an international business setting.  This paper presents an experiential learning project designed to introduce cultural dimensions theory as well as engage students in a first-hand international experience.  This model places students in the position of exploring cultural differences by being a member of an international working team so they experience the challenges of working remotely.  Students encounter what it is like to work in a global team and face both cultural differences and communication challenge. This experiential learning design creates an environment that challenges students to apply and test the theory, discover practical applications and reflect on their own culture to bring greater meaning and learning to cultural dimensions theory.


Cultural dimensions, experiential learning, remote teamwork, international business.

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