Management Papers

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2005

Publication Source

Research on Managing Groups and Teams

Volume

7

Start Page

201

Last Page

227

DOI

10.1016/S1534-0856(05)07009-X

Abstract

Drawing on sociological role theory, this chapter introduces and explains the distinction between cosmopolitan and local role orientations as status categories in international teams. Qualitative data from a multimethod field study conducted at a leading international development agency illustrates that the high status of cosmopolitans and locals in this setting was based on expectations that these team members would enable their teams to more effectively interpret knowledge obtained from outside sources. The possible dynamics of status rivalry and deference in teams with cosmopolitan and local membership are explored, and their implications for team performance are addressed. Thus, status in groups is viewed as both contested and contingent on the situation.

Keywords

ILR, Cornell University, organizational behavior, sociological role theory, cosmopolitan, orientation, teams, qualitative data, performance, situation

 

Date Posted: 27 November 2017