טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentModan Yaakov Yifat
SubjectGlobal Identity in Motion: The Effect of Individual
Characteristics on the Development of
Global Identity in Multi-Cultural Teams
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor Professor Emeritus Miriam Erez
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Abstract

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,

    the study examined three groups of factors that could influence the increase in global identity from the beginning to the end of the multicultural team project:
  1. Personality characteristics: personal initiative, openness to diversity and cultural intelligence;
  2. Experience in living and working in the global environment: having friends from other countries, communicating with others around the globe, having prior work experience in multi cultural teams and
  3. a team process variable of perceived psychological safe communication climate.

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.