Quotation Komori-Glatz, Miya. 2018. “Cool my doubt is erased”: constructive disagreement and creating a psychologically safe space in multicultural student teamwork . Journal of English as a Lingua Franca. 7 (2), 285-306.


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This paper investigates the roles of disagreement and trust in multicultural teamwork on an English-medium master’s programme at an Austrian business university. The teamwork project – assigned by the content teacher – took place mostly outside the classroom and simulated business practice both in terms of the tasks and the multicultural context. Each team comprised two Austrian students and two international students, resulting in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) setting. The teams were observed and audio-/video-recorded, with the analysis focusing on an early stage of the project where they laid the groundwork for the team mental models in terms of establishing the team goals, relationships and communicative practices. Additionally, retrospective interviews were conducted at the end of the project with each of the team members and the lecturer to gain emic insights into the project. The findings suggest a symbiotic relationship between disagreement and trust, in which high levels of trust and the construction of a psychologically safe space allow the team members to disagree with and challenge each other without damaging their relationships, leading to better decisions. In turn, these decisions can contribute to a sense of shared success that strengthens the team’s joint identity.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of English as a Lingua Franca
Language English
Title “Cool my doubt is erased”: constructive disagreement and creating a psychologically safe space in multicultural student teamwork
Volume 7
Number 2
Year 2018
Page from 285
Page to 306
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1515/jelf-2018-0012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/jelf-2018-0012
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6719

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Komori-Glatz, Miya (Details)
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Institute for English Business Communication IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5529 Group dynamics (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6605 English language and literature (Details)
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