How can management handle relationship problems arising from cultural differences in multinational IT project teams? This paper uses a social capital lens to better understand the negative impact of cultural differences in IT project teams. In contrast to many previous works we do not consider cultural differences as a whole but explore the role of the different national culture dimensions. This allows for a more detailed view on cultural differences in a team context and thus contributes to a better understanding about which dimensions of national culture drive relationship problems and which management measures can help to dampen the negative effects. Based on several exploratory cases (6 multinational IT projects in 4 companies, headquartered in Germany), the authors identify three patterns showing typical problems in team social relationships which arise from differences in particular dimensions of national culture. Pattern-specific as well as general management measures, employed to address the culture-driven negative effects, are identified as well.
von Stetten, Alexander; Beimborn, Daniel; Weitzel, Tim; and Reiss, Zita, "MANAGING THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENCES IN
NATIONAL CULTURE ON SOCIAL CAPITAL IN
MULTINATIONAL IT PROJECT TEAMS – A GERMAN
PERSPECTIVE" (2011). ECIS 2011 Proceedings. 73.