Aspects of multicultural differences in teams
Mr. Distefano`s and Ms. Maznevski`s paper mentions that multi-cultural teams are more efficient and successful rather than homogenous groups if they are managed well. Otherwise, they will be disastrous. From my personal experience I can agree on that because I have been part the mentioned type of groups.
During my exchange semester in Shanghai I used to play in a local soccer team which had 3 non-Han-Chinese players: Me, an Uighur (Muslim minority from west china) and a Laotian. That means I was the only western person in the team. The way I played was very different. While the Chinese were obsessed with having the ball and passing it among the team players in order to maintain control and build a supremacy which would eventually lead to goals. I was eager to put pressure on the other team while they had the ball and pushing them to make mistakes. When we had the ball my credo was to drive them as deep as possible into their half and attack the goal as many times as possible. I played very offensive and aggressive. I played power play, with the willingness to leave the field exhausted and run as long and as much as I could. Due to the lack of leadership ability one hand and the lack of cultural understanding on the other hand this project was to fail.
The first rounds it felt like we played in two different teams wearing the same shirts. While I and the other 2 non-Chinese guys played the style I had introduced and our midfield and defense maintained their style. They slowed down our attacks and played save. Since the other teams weren’t strong enough to beat us and our strikers were able to succeed those two