The Importance of language in global teams

a linguistic perspective

Stephen Chen, Ronald Geluykens, Chong Ju Choi

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Often one of the main problems faced in global teams is that one or more of the team members will need to use a foreign language. This can cause communication difficulties and hinder the performance of global teams. We discuss in this paper how research in linguistics can help further research on these difficulties in global teams, giving examples of different types of challenges and their implications. Linguistic analysis can enrich our theories about global team management and improve management practice of global teams.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-696
Number of pages18
JournalManagement international review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • language
  • linguistics
  • global teams
  • cross-cultural management

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