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ITAP Insights is the name of our blog.  Here, ITAP's culture experts post their perspective on trends, research, and our work related to culture and business.  In addition, you can click on the Articles link in the left menu to reach a list of resources published in magazines and other formats.

A Team Commitment Issue: How Could This Have Been Prevented?

From Many Cultures One Team: Build Your Cultural Repertoire, by Catherine Mercer Bing

Here is an example of a team that has serious challenges:

You are a senior internal or external consultant specializing in creating effective team interventions. A client comes to you and during the conversation asks for team building training for members of a globally disbursed technology team. The client is convinced that the members of the team are not committed to the work of the team even though the outcomes are very important to the success of that division of the company. He points to missed milestone deliverables and a lack of urgency about meeting deadlines.

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Is it ever appropriate not to follow local cultural norms?

“Imagine it’s your first day on the job as chief operating officer of a global manufacturing company in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where the company’s plants are located, and you don’t even know how to make a phone call.”

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