Towards a Strategic Understanding of Global Teams and Their HR Implications: An Expert Dialogue

Christina Lea Butler, Dana Minbaeva, Kristiina Mäkelä, Mary M. Maloney, Luciara Nardon, Minna Paunova, Angelika Zimmermann

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Drawing on initial insights emerging from a panel at the EIBA 2016 Conference in Vienna, here discussants and expert panelists engage in a follow-on conversation on the HRM implications of global teams for international organizations. First we set out how HRM can enable global teams and their constituent members to overcome the new and considerable challenges of global teams. These challenges span levels of analysis, time and space. Next we debate global teams as a strategic response to the dual pressures of global integration and local adaptation. We consider what HRM is needed for global teams to successfully resolve this dilemma, challenging practitioners to move beyond the ‘best practices’ and ‘alignment’ dichotomy. Lastly we look to the future to consider implications for research. We propose a rich research agenda focused on the complexities of the global team context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number14
Pages (from-to)2209-2229
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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Published online: 8. March 2018


  • Global teams
  • Global virtual teams
  • International HRM
  • Strategic HRM
  • Strategic alignment
  • HRM practices

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