Transnational and international organizations

Use the assigned chapters and the “Interpersonal Relationships in Transnational, Virtual Teams: Towards a Configurational Perspective” article located on this week’s University Library Resources page to complete this assignment.

Read the following case study scenario:

In a recent merger, two companies combined; one company was located in the United States, and the other company was located in Japan. Although both companies are now a unified business organization, offices will be kept in both countries. Because of this merger, transnational groups are now being formed with employees from the United States and from Japan.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that addresses the following:

  • Define organizational culture, and discuss how an organization’s culture can affect its members.
  • How might individualism and collectivism affect the functioning of the new transnational work groups in this scenario?
  • Discuss strategies that can help transnational work groups be successful and effective when meeting face to face.
  • Because transnational work groups will generally work virtually, discuss strategies focused on helping virtual, transnational work groups be successful and effective.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Zimmermann, A. (2011). Interpersonal relationships in transnational, virtual teams: Towards a configurational perspective. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(1), 59-78.

Answer preview

Collectivism may work best for the organization considering its multicultural workforce. First, it would promote better intergroup dynamics where members value their relationship. It also helps minimize conflicts that would otherwise upset the organization’s fabric in these early stages. People are more willing to compromise on different issues to propel the organization, and this is precisely what a new organization needs. However, people may be less inclined to speak up because they fear upsetting the group dynamics. Therefore, it could be best for the organization to balance individualism and collectivism (Wagner et al., 2012).

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Transnational and international organizations