800–1,000 words with a min. 2 scholarly references

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Remaining competitive in a global economy frequently means moving from a national to a transnational organization. Developing teams that cross national boundaries is becoming a strategic business need.

Address the issues associated with having a transnational team with members who reside in multiple countries.

Respond to the following questions:

  • How would you determine team composition in a multinational team?
  • How will you address the diversity of cultures within the team?
  • Because the team will operate in a virtual existence, what structure and support will this team need to foster productivity?
  • How will you measure the success of the team?
  • What are the characteristics you will look for in a leader of this team?

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Effective Transnational Teams
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Effective Transnational Teams


In a world where everyday business and trade has become globalized, having a highly
efficient transnational team is fundamental to the success of any company in gaining a
competitive advantage. Although this is a known fact in the world of business, multinational
teams ironically are sometimes what make companies lose their competitive edge. Brett, Behfar
& Kern said that despite their advantages, these groups carry with them inherent cultural
differences that may at times bring entire teams to a standstill (2006). For this reason, significant
questions arise: How should the composition of a multinational team look? How do you deal
with issues that stem from cultural diversity? How do you measure team success? Failure to
answer these questions has immeasurable consequences and could not only affect the success of
the team but the company as a whole.

Question One
Team composition in a transnational team greatly influences the level of motivation
within the group. Wagner found that small teams composed of more than three members were
more successful than too big units (1995). Identifiability plays into this dynamic. Shared
responsibility is minimized in small-sized teams. The members o...

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