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Ahmad Arslan, Lauri Haapanen, Petri Ahokangas, Sean Naughton, Multicultural R&D team operations in high-tech SMEs: Role of team task environment and individual team members’ personal experiences, Journal of Business Research, 2020, ISSN 0148-2963, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.02.003

Multicultural R&D team operations in high-tech SMEs : role of team task environment and individual team members’ personal experiences

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Author: Arslan, Ahmad1; Haapanen, Lauri1; Ahokangas, Petri2;
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management & International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
2Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
3Business School, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202002286829
Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2023-02-17
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Abstract

This paper analyzes how team task environment and individual team members’ personal experiences influence multicultural research and development (R&D) team operations in small and medium sized enterprises. Based on qualitative data from multiple R&D team operations in five Finnish software firms, the findings revealed that team task environment is significantly influenced by the Nordic egalitarian organizational culture. The team task environment appears to be more dominant in multicultural R&D teams than anticipated in earlier research. To some extent, this mitigates the influences of culture on multicultural R&D team operations. However, results also show that individual team member personal experiences comprise of task specific as well as cultural (international) experiences emanating from being a member of a multicultural team. Together, these two components have a positive influence on R&D operations, yet intriguingly, task specific experiences resonate with task variability and task analyzability, while cultural experiences tend to influence task interdependence.

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Series: Journal of business research
ISSN: 0148-2963
ISSN-E: 1873-7978
ISSN-L: 0148-2963
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.02.003
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.02.003
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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