Title

Exploring the Collaborative Process in the Context of a Cross-Cultural Team From the United States and Zambia

Date of Degree

8-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Richard L. Henderson

Advisor

Mary Ruth Moore

Advisor

Dorothy Ettling

Advisor

Absael Antelo

Abstract

This ethnographic study examined the affects o f culture, through the lens of Hofstede’s five dimensions o f culture, on team performance and the individual experiences of 11 members a small cross-cultural collaborative team. Three of the team members were from the United States, an individualist culture, and eight were from Zambia, Africa, a collectivist culture. The study describes the thoughts, feelings, expectations, perceptions, interactions, behavior patterns, and collaborative work processes employed by a small cross-cultural collaborative team to communicate, make decisions, allocate assignments, and share leadership responsibilities during a 21 month period in which a Child Development Project Assessment for Zambia was conducted. Individual learning and lived experiences are presented as crafted profiles in the words of the participants.

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