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Uses and Benefits of Qualitative Approaches to Culture in Intercultural Collaboration Research

Abstract : Interpretive content analysis can be used to unveil cultural frames of meaning of actors from different cultural backgrounds working in dispersed teams. When working at a distance, team members are often unaware that they do not give the same meaning to most basic management processes they are concerned with. This presentation will illustrate how qualitative research can provide insights about what decision-making or empowerment mean for employees from different countries. For instance measuring the power relationship index of a country induces managers to delegate more or less to employees. With qualitative understanding of what empowerment and decision-making mean, the question is no longer to know to what extent leaders should delegate but to find the specific conditions of delegation in various countries. This cultural understanding helps people to design management processes matching the requirements of partners from different cultures.
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Sylvie Chevrier, Mary-Yoko Brannen, Carol Hansen. Uses and Benefits of Qualitative Approaches to Culture in Intercultural Collaboration Research. CABS - Communication Across Boundaries, Aug 2014, Kyoto, Japan. ⟨10.1145/2631488.2631771⟩. ⟨hal-01128194⟩

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