Quotation Hermann, Anett, Weber, Hanna, Claes, Maria Theresia, Wächter, Franziska. 2022. Intercultural challenges of working in an international and interdisciplinary team: Findings from a student practice project. SIETAR Europa Congress 2022, Valletta, Malta, 18.05.-21.05.




The development of international virtual collaborative teaching and learning formats is currently determining the discussion about the future of higher education teaching. Mobility in staying abroad is not feasible for many students due to family, professional, health, and financial conditions. However, "internationalization at home" makes it possible to gain experience in international and interdisciplinary teams. The didactic challenges include the diversity of students in terms of age, gender, religion, social origin and/or disability, and different forms of higher education and grading systems. Linking multicultural teamwork, diversity sensitivity, and digitalization in the higher education context is a new field of research. Our international, interdisciplinary teaching and research project takes place in cooperation between three universities from Germany, Finland, and Austria. Students from different disciplines are working on a joint project. In this context, the question of how team effectiveness can be achieved in heterogeneous teams is being explored. We survey the challenges and success criteria for teamwork qualitatively as well as quantitatively. The results of the study will be integrated into diversity and team research and linked to the intersectionality approach. This way, cultural approaches are expanded to include diversity-related issues. The results show great challenges to the success of virtual international and interdisciplinary teams: - in addition to language, technical equipment, and different grading systems, habitual imprints by the fields of study pose the greatest challenges. - Culturally conditioned stereotypes are often reinforced. - Group dynamic processes based on cultural differences, language and communication problems lead to relationships of dominance and subordination, role attributions as well as demarcations and exclusions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Intercultural challenges of working in an international and interdisciplinary team: Findings from a student practice project
Event SIETAR Europa Congress 2022
Year 2022
Date 18.05.-21.05.
Country Malta
Location Valletta
URL https://sietareu.org/malta2022/


Team effectiveness in diverse teams
Hermann, Anett (Details)
Claes, Maria Theresia (Details)
Wächter, Franziska (ehs Dresden, Germany)
Weber, Hanna (WU, Austria)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
5837 Group dynamics (Details)
6912 Gender studies (humanities) (Details)
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