Handbook of International Human Resource Development
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Handbook of International Human Resource Development

Context, Processes and People

Edited by Thomas Garavan, Alma McCarthy and Ronan Carbery

This Handbook draws on a global team of distinguished Human Resource Development and IHRD scholars to provide research and practice insights on a range of contemporary IHRD issues and challenges. The Handbook reviews a number of critical contextual dimensions that: shape the IHRD goals that organisations pursue; impact the IHRD systems, policies and practices that are implemented; and influence the types of IHRD research questions that are investigated. The Handbook examines the processes or actions taken by organisations to globalise IHRD practices and discusses important people development practices that come within the scope of IHRD.
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Chapter 18: IHRD and developing global teams

Gary N. McLean and Sewon Kim


The increase in global teamwork is a significant theme in contemporary business environments. Organizations are expanding their operations globally (Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, or Africa) for easier access to world markets and resources, while developing international visibility, product localization, maximizing firm value to shareholders, improving support for global customers, and other potential advantages. This chapter examines the research and practices in global team management and development. The chapter offers a conceptual framework of, and practical guidelines for, global teams, integrating relevant literature on team development, cross-cultural management, organization development, and international human resources. The chapter discusses practice implications for IHRD professionals and sets out current and future research directions.

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