Influence of Culture and Communication Practices in Team Functioning: Case Studies on Japanese and Philippine Financial Project Teams
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This research paper was aimed at analysing the influence of culture and communication practices in team functioning. The scope of the study was limited to the project teams in the financial sector in Japan and the Philippines. The study was a qualitative research through the application of case studies whilst the primary data were gathered from semi-structured interviews. The findings of the study revealed that the project teams were collectivist with a noticeable degree of power distance, bestowment of status through ascription and the strong need for harmony in the project team environment. The communication practices were also affected by the hierarchical, relational, societal and regulatory dictates and expectations. However, there were some differences noted in Japanese and Philippine project teams as the latter exhibited more flexibility towards hierarchical relationship where position was not seen as hindrance in developing convivial and professional relationships. In so doing, culture and communication practices influenced team functioning in the aforementioned research context. Finally, the results of the study will allow project members, leaders and other key stakeholders in understanding the influence of culture and communication practices to team functioning in a more in-depth manner. This will lead to better policies and practices in helping them realise their goals and objectives.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 95 p.
Culture, Communication, Team Functioning, Power Distance, Achievement or Ascription, Collectivism or Individualism, Views on the Environment, Media Richness
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31125OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31125DiVA: diva2:291149
2010-01-11, 303, Umeå School of Business, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, 00:00 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Müller, Ralf, Professor
Nilsson, Kerstin, Tf studierektor