Working with Others

Cultural Dimensions that Affect Teamwork

Individualistic vs Collectivistic Orientation

Individualistic cultures value the autonomy and independence of an individual whereas collectivistic cultures value interdependence and group identity.

When conducting teamwork, members’ collectivistic or individualistic orientation can come into play when prioritizing and negotiating roles, responsibilities, and rewards. In an individualistic environment, students from cultures that value a higher degree of interdependence have limited social networks from which to draw support for learning and success. The lack of support can also negatively impact loyalty to team processes and outcomes.