Team-Based Global Organizations: The Future of Global Organizing

Lena Zander, Christina Lea Butler, Audra Mockaitis, Kendall Herbert, Jakob Lauring, Kristiina Mäkelä, Minna Paunova, Timurs Umans, Peter Zettinig

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    Purpose-We propose team-based organizing as an alternative to more traditional forms of hierarchy-based organizing in global firms. Methodology/approach-Advancements in the study of global teams, leadership, process, and outcomes were organized into four themes: (1) openness toward linguistic and value diversity as enhancing team creativity and performance, (2) knowledge sharing in team-based organizations, (3) the significance of social capital for global team leader role success, and (4) shared leadership, satisfaction, and performance links in global virtual teams. Findings-We identify questions at three levels for bringing research on team-based organizing in global organizations forward. At the within-Team individual level, we discuss the criticality of process and leadership in teams. At the between-Teams group level, we draw attention to that global teams also need to focus on relationships and interactions with other teams within the same global firm, for example, when sharing knowledge. With respect to the across-Teams organizational level, we highlight how bringing people together in global teams from different organizational units and cultures creates the potential for experiential individual and team-based learning, while making the firm more flexible and adaptable. Theoretical implications-The potential of the relatively underexplored idea of global team-based firms as an alternative to hierarchy open up questions for empirical research, and further theorizing about the global firm. Practical implications-Practitioners can learn about organizational, team, and individual challenges and benefits of global team-based organizing. Originality/value-A century-old dominant organizational form is challenged when moving away from hierarchy-and hybrid-based forms of organizing toward team-based global organizing of work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Future of Global Organizing
    EditorsRob Van Tulder , Alain Verbeke , Rian Drogendijk
    Number of pages17
    Place of PublicationBingley
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
    Publication date2015
    ISBN (Print)9781785604232
    ISBN (Electronic)9781785604225
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    SeriesProgress in International Business Research


    • Boundary spanning
    • Creativity
    • Global teams
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Language
    • Team leadership

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