Multinational organization context: Implications for team learning and performance

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn, Cristina Gibson

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Integrating and extending literature on international management and team effectiveness, we examined how macro context in multinational organizations (MNCs) influences work team learning and how team learning influences task performance and interpersonal relations. We examined these influences in a multimethod study of 115 teams in 20 subsidiaries of five MNCs. Controlling for micro contextual features, including team type, training, feedback, and autonomy, we found that organizational contexts emphasizing global integration reduced team learning, but those emphasizing responsiveness and knowledge management increased team learning. Team learning in turn positively influenced both task performance and the quality of interpersonal relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-518
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


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