Multi-Cultural Dimensions and Multi- Modal Communication in Distributed, Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork

Renate Fruchter
Director of Project Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4020, USA

Alicia Townsend
Graduate Students Learning Design and Technology Program, School Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

This paper presents an ongoing study focused on the relationship between culture and multi-modal communication in the context of a cross-disciplinary geographically distributed teamwork course organized by the PBL Lab at Stanford. The study focuses on cultural dimensions that characterize distributed Architecture, Engineering, Construction (A/E/C) global teamwork, i.e., language, information flow, context, power distance, and time value. The paper presents a framework and methodology for data collection and analysis of multi-cultural dimensions and initial observations made during the first phase of this study.


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