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PhD Dissertation now Available

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on April 3, 2015 – 3:06 PM

On 2nd of March I defended my PhD dissertation and I can now call myself Doctor of Philosophy :). The PhD dissertation is entitled: “Trustworthiness: Enabling Global Collaboration – An Ethnographic Study of Trust, Distance, Control, Culture and Boundary Spanning within Offshore Outsourcing of IT Services”

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Making Distributed Teams Work: Imitation, Trust, and Control

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on April 3, 2015 – 2:33 PM

My article below has recently been published in an eBook on the topic of ‘How to Manage People in Your Remote Team’ in a series of eBooks called ‘The Art of Managing Remote Teams’. The full book is available at Amazon.com. *** Making Distributed Teams Work: Imitation, Trust, and Control

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What are Your Indian Team Mates Good at?

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on October 20, 2012 – 8:19 PM

In interviews, casual conversations, cultural training sessions and other encounters with Danes working with Indian counterparts in offshoring setups I have asked variations of the headline of this blog post at least 200 times over the last couple of years. Usually I either draw or ask people to imagine a horizontal line. At one end of the line is what they themselves are really good at and their Indian counterparts are really bad at. At the other end of the line is the opposite. That is, something that the Indian counterparts are excellent at and they themselves are poor at.

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Lesson 101: Understanding the Brites

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on September 5, 2012 – 1:09 AM

I got an email with the picture below. OK. It’s supposed to be funny. And it is. But at the same time it actually illustrates the difficulties of communication very well. Especially for Danes who typically are (much like Americans – and my guess is that the list is made by an American) very direct in their communication it is very difficult to communicate with e.g. Indians who has a more indirect way of communicating. This difference between direct and indirect communication is what the antropologist Edward T. Hall calls low-context communication and high-context communication in his 1976 classic ‘Beyond […]

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