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Intercultural competencies for culturally diverse work teams

Shannon Lloyd (CWCC, Hawthorn East, Australia)
Charmine Härtel (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 9 November 2010




The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact that the level of individuals' intercultural competencies has on their satisfaction, trust and affective commitment and assessment of their work team.


An intercultural competencies classification system is developed in which the cognitive, affective and behavioural intercultural competencies predicted to impact upon individuals' responses toward, and assessments of, their work team are identified. The results of quantitative survey research providing support for the classification system are subsequently described.


Competencies identified as being related to individuals' responses toward, and assessments of, their work team include cognitive complexity, goal orientation, dissimilarity openness, tolerance for ambiguity and emotion, and conflict management skills.

Research limitations/implications

The research provides sound evidence for the important role that intercultural competence plays in facilitating positive individual level outcomes which it is theorised will lead to positive team level outcomes.


The key contribution of the research is the development of an intercultural competencies classification system which ties together in a single but multifaceted framework the intercultural competencies required for employees working in culturally diverse teams.



Lloyd, S. and Härtel, C. (2010), "Intercultural competencies for culturally diverse work teams", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 25 No. 8, pp. 845-875.



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