Working with Others

Cultural Dimensions that Affect Teamwork

Task vs. Relationship Orientation

Cultures also differ in ways of managing relationships. Some cultures place a stronger emphasis on harmonious relationships over task completion. Teamwork is ripe with opportunities for cultural conflict when it comes to competing priorities of relationships and tasks.

Team members may limit constructive criticism for fear of damaging team relationships. Task-orientated members may just want to "get down to business" while the relationship orientated members want to invest time building trust in the process. Relationship-oriented members may be perceived as delaying the process of the teamwork by focusing on the social process.