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Collaborating partners

Prof. Dr. Martin Hoegl
Institute of Leadership & Organization, Munich University (LMU)

 

Dr. Julia Backmann
Institute of Leadership & Organization, Munich University (LMU)

 

Andreas Hundschell
Institute of Leadership & Organization, Munich University (LMU)

Effective Multinational Teamwork in the Japanese Context (EMTJ Study)

Overview

The present research project examines team-level predictors for the success and failure of mixed Japanese/non-Japanese work teams. Its main objective is the development of practical advice for team leaders on how to increase the effectiveness of their multinational teams.

Background

Globalization has led to an internationalization of the labor market. As employers compete for the most highly-skilled employees across national borders, the number of teams where people from different origin countries work together is continually growing. Numerous strains of research indicate that such diverse work teams can provide companies with significant competitive advantages, such as:

  • Access to multiple independent sets knowledge and experience
  • Enhanced team creativity and rates of knowledge transfer
  • An integration of local and global market perspectives

Unfortunately only a minority of multinational teams and collaborations progress as planned and live up to original expectations. Reasons frequently quoted by experienced international managers include:

  • Communication inefficiencies and a lack of team cohesion
  • Divergent perceptions of priorities and responsibilities
  • Misaligned views on team leader tasks and methods

As many of these difficulties can be traced back to differences in the basic conventions for team coordination across cultures, prospective leaders of multinational teams are faced with a demand for extraordinary adaptiveness and mediation skills.

Objectives

Together with our partner organizations we examine the effectiveness of different approaches to the management of mixed Japanese/non-Japanese work teams. A critical look at popular team support measures (e.g., intercultural trainings) and the development of best practice solutions for this specific context complement the scope of our research.

Central project management

Joint responsibility for the project rests with the Institute for Leadership and Organization at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (ILO) and the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ).

Staff

Franz Waldenberger Franz Waldenberger
(Economics and Business)
Director

Previous Staff

Miki Aoyama-Olschina
(Philosophy, Japanese Studies)

Tobias Söldner Tobias Söldner
(Personality and Cross-Cultural Psychology)

Related Research Projects or Programs

Risks and Opportunities in Japan - Challenges in the Face of an Increasingly Uncertain Future

Work-related Diversity in Japan: New Risks and Opportunities for Whom?

Events

September 18, 2015
External Event
Lost in Collaboration: Overcoming the Challenges of Multinational Teamwork

September 18, 2015
Workshops
Overcoming the Challenges of Multinational Teamwork
Introducing an International Research Project on the Effectiveness of Multinational Teams