Team-based global organisations: Goodbye to hierarchy-based global organising

Lena Zander, Christina L. Butler, Audra I. Mockaitis, Kendall Herbert, Jakob Lauring, Kristiina Mäkelä, Minna Paunova, Timurs Umans, Peter Zettinig

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Purpose – This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – “Team-based organizing” is likely to become synonymous with global organizations in the future. Organizing work in teams has become the modus operandi in multinational organizations, but team-based structures could over time come to replace hierarchical organizational structures. Moreover, organizational boundaries will become fluid or dissolve completely due to the temporal and spatial nature of global teams; this globally-based activity will be spanning national, cultural and linguistic boundaries. Practical implications – The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalStrategic Direction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Boundary-spanning
  • Diversity
  • Global teams
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Leadership

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