The dialectics of international internet-based teams

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Drawing on a grounded theory research we present a grounded model of improvisation in cross-cultural contexts, whose major contribution lies in advancing the concept of the dialectical team, where a minimal structure and a compatible perception of reality foster improvisational action, with diverse members responding to a turbulent environment using simple resources. This arrangement creates the conditions that allow a team to improvise successfully, and remain both efficient and effective. The model strengthens the argument for a dialectical perspective of organizations, unearths the presence of curvilinear relationships in cross-cultural phenomena where linear ones were thought to prevail, and provides alternative answers to some of the problems found in cross-cultural research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEIS 2001 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
PublisherICEIS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9729805024, 9789729805028
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001
Event3rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2001 - Setubal, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jul 200110 Jul 2001


Conference3rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2001


  • Dialectics
  • Improvisation
  • National cultures
  • Virtual teams


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