Making Multicultural Group-Work, Work!

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Title Making Multicultural Group-Work, Work!
Author Woods, Peter Robert; Barker, Michelle Carmel; Hibbins, Raymond Thomas
Publication Title The Academy of Management
Editor Leslie A. Toombs
Year Published 2010
Abstract This exploratory research aimed to answer the question, of 'how can the potential benefits of multicultural group-work be realised in the postgraduate management classroom?' Postgraduate management students at an Australian University experienced multicultural group-work through a completing a specific course module designed to enhance multicultural group functioning. The module centred around a group presentation project requiring students to draw on the cultural resources within their group. Sixty-two students then evaluated their experience of multicultural group-work in the course through nine focus groups using the nominal group method. The focus groups asked students what they learned from working in a multicultural group in the course; what is important in working culturally diverse group; and what did they learn about other people's culture through the multicultural group experience. Students' answers emphasised that successful multicultural group-work needed members to have certain attitudes such as respecting other people's culture, personality traits such as patience and openness, skills such as building team work or integration and knowledge relating to understanding the culture of others. These answers were contrary to the expectation that students would emphasise the importance of relevant group processes. This research provides guidance for faculty in overcoming challenges and provides an example of how to tap the benefits of multicultural group work in the multicultural classroom.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Academy of Management (AOM). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Conference name The Academy of Management Annual Meeting: Dare to Care
Location Montreal, Canada
Date From 2010-08-06
Date To 2010-08-10
Date Accessioned 2011-06-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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