|M.Sc Student||Modan Yaakov Yifat|
|Subject||Global Identity in Motion: The Effect of Individual|
Characteristics on the Development of
Global Identity in Multi-Cultural Teams
|Department||Department of Industrial Engineering and Management||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Miriam Erez|
|Full Thesis text|
The process of globalization impacts countries, organizations, teams, and individuals. One of the effects of globalization is on the emergence of a global identity which reflects the sense of belongingness to the global work group. The present study aims to identify the factors that influence global identity. Participants in this study were 297 part time MBA students from six countries - USA, Israel, Spain, Finland, India and Hong Kong who were assigned into multi cultural teams of four members each and worked together on a joint project for about one month. Specifically,
Additionally, we controlled for global identity at the beginning of the project, age and gender. Our results demonstrated positive and significant relationships between these three groups of variables on the increase in global identity from the beginning to the end of the multicultural team project. The theoretical and practical implications will be further discussed.