Culture as kaleidoscope: navigating cultural tensions in global collaboration

  title={Culture as kaleidoscope: navigating cultural tensions in global collaboration},
  author={Jennifer L. Gibbs},
  booktitle={IWIC '09},
This study proposes the metaphor of culture as "kaleidoscope" as a lens for understanding the complex culture of global teams and explores cultural tensions characterizing intercultural collaboration in virtual work arrangements. Ethnographic data from a global software team are used to illustrate the framework. Framing cultural differences in terms of dynamic tensions offers a productive theoretical framework for understanding and fostering collaboration across diverse cultures, time, and… CONTINUE READING

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