The challenges of managing cross-cultural virtual project teams.
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Purpose ? This paper seeks to present the challenges reported by project leaders of cross-cultural geographically distributed, or virtual project teams operating within the matrix organisation of ABC, a multinational company based in Switzerland.Design/methodology/approach ? The research is qualitative and exploratory, taking the form of inductive thematic analysis.Findings ? The key themes reported to be of significance were the challenge of leadership, managing virtual aspects of communication and developing trust. Sub-themes consisted of managing the task, managing people, managing language and cultural issues and, lastly, managing the matrix.Practical implications ? These include attention to the selection of leaders, continued facilitation of face-to-face communication in a virtual age and investment in language and intercultural training.