Mission Impossible: International Students as Key Players in Cross-Cultural Team Activities

  • Heather Ranson University of Victoria
Keywords: cross-cultural teams, international students, power and status

Abstract

An annual undergraduate project called Mission Impossible is designed to reduce issues of power and status that hinder the effectiveness of cross-cultural teams. Domestic students often think they must compensate for international teammates, and international students understand that they are seen as a burden by domestic teammates. To prevent students from falling into this common but damaging dynamic, this undergraduate full-day event is designed to help international and domestic students engage as equals. This sets the stage to allow collaborative relationships to deepen between domestic and international students in the rest of the program.

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Author Biography

Heather Ranson, University of Victoria

HEATHER RANSON, BA, MBA, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her major research interests lie in the area of business and sustainability, management education, and communications. 

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Ranson, H. (2018). Mission Impossible: International Students as Key Players in Cross-Cultural Team Activities. Journal of International Students, 8(3), 1355–1362. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i3.59
Section
Research Articles