Managing Global Virtual Teams
Make distance and diversity your competitive advantages
Ten years ago there were few global virtual teams. Today it is rare for companies not to have teams dispersed across countries, cultures and time zones – colleagues who are expected to work together… while at the same time working apart. How should managers organise these globally dispersed teams? How can they build trust when their team members rarely come face to face? Which techniques bridge cultural, linguistic and geographical distances – not to mention time zones? When do cultural differences produce creativity rather than crossed wires? Above all, how can distance and diversity be turned into competitive advantages?
Managing Global Virtual Teams is a one-of-a-kind, action-based programme that will show you how to manage geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams and achieve maximum impact. Through the use of simulations, frameworks, video-taped exercises, and group coaching you will develop the ability to design and manage a global team in a way that encourages collaboration, improves intra- team communication, builds cohesion and leverages your team’s cultural diversity.
- Explore the unique benefits that global teams can bring to international organisations when designed and managed effectively.
- Maximise the performance of your global virtual team by implementing strategies to increase collaboration, trust and team effectiveness.
- Create processes for overcoming barriers that often arise on global teams stemming from language and time differences.
Benchmark individual leadership styles against preferences from around the world and learn to adapt your own style to successfully manage team members from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Featured articles and interviews
Working From Home: The End of an Era? "No matter how sophisticated the communication tool it does not replicate the effectiveness of face to face collaboration"...But according to Professor Meyer, there are other instances where not having everyone under one roof is not only a necessity, but also an advantage.
(INSEAD Knowledge, April 2013)
How cultural differences in Asia-Pacific can create a huge challenge for managers who lead intra-Asia teams, by Professor Erin Meyer (TODAY newspaper - 4th March 2013)
Erin Meyer shares her insights on managing across cultures (Thinkers 50 - August 2012)
Managing confrontation in a multi-cultural team (HBR blog - 6th April 2012)
The Four Keys to Success with Virtual Teams (Forbes - 19th August 2010)