The Danish Union of Leaders/Managers (Lederne) has published NexGSD member Thomas Tøth’s article “Global teams: creating a good framework for collaboration” in their magazine launched on 9th October. The article is available at ledelseidag.dk in Danish and concludes that when working in distributed teams we need to think and act differently and we need to accept a higher level of control than we are accustomed to in collocated teams. Furthermore, the article summarizes that in order to successfully establish trust in global teams we need to:
- Start slow. Increase risk over time to get off to a good start.
- Use role descriptions and introduce every single team-member: Why is he here and what is he expected to contribute with?
- Imitate the work life of a collocated team
- Use control mechanisms to make the ‘invisible work’ visible. Controls are necessary in distributed teams
Thomas Tøth is a PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Thomas Tøth’s research focusses on how efficient team work and team spirit can be established in teams that are geographically dispersed and culturally diverse with specific focus on cooperation between Indian vendors and subsidiaries and counterparts in Northern Europe. Specifically Thomas Tøth is currently researching how trust is created and sustained in geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams and how factors such as processes; organizational design; cultural intelligence; control mechanisms; and maturity in virtual communication using collaboration software affects the ability to work efficiently in such teams.
Read more about Thomas and the rest of the NexGSD team