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Measuring existent intercultural effectiveness in global teams

Wolfgang Messner (MYRA School of Business, Mysore, India)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 5 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Most intercultural frameworks assess intercultural competencies, but global businesses lack instruments to support the feedback loop, that is help project managers answer the question if an effective global team has been formed. The purpose of this paper is to develop and assess a new indicator for measuring the actual effectiveness of intercultural communication and collaboration at the individual and team level, the Mysore InterCultural Effectiveness (MICE) indicator.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a needs analysis in global businesses, international projects, and review of existing literature, a low-touch self-report indicator was developed. A test run in several international companies with live data obtained from 154 employees helped to validate the indicator using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.

Findings

The MICE indicator is based on two scales: first, the effectiveness in interacting and collaborating with foreign counterparts by providing an answer to the question “how I think I am with them;” and second, the satisfaction with appropriateness of communication received from foreign interlocutors and the outcome of the collaboration by answering the question “how I think they are with me.”

Originality/value

Empirical results indicate that the two scale/six factor model provides a good fit to the data. Using the MICE Indicator, it is now possible for project managers to effectively address shortcomings of intercultural communication skills in their international teams with the right type of intercultural training.

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Citation

Messner, W. (2015), "Measuring existent intercultural effectiveness in global teams", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 107-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-05-2014-0044

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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