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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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The Evolution of an Expatriate

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on October 2, 2012 – 12:20 PM

Expatriating employees is expensive and many firms experience that expatriations are unsuccessful both from a business perspective and from a personal perspective, where expatriates experience culture shocks and never adjusts to the host country culture. Based on my own experiences I have discussed how to avoid expatriation failures in another blog post. In this post we will have a closer look at the dynamics and evolution of an expatriate’s life; and what organizations can do to proactively increase chances of successful expatriatriation according to the research of Professor Jon M. Shapiro and his colleagues.

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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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Conference on Global Software Development in Copenhagen

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on September 2, 2012 – 3:21 PM

On September 10th 2012 the ‘Next Generation Global Software Development’ project financed by the Danish Reserach Council hosts a conference on Global Software Development at the IT University of Copenhagen. Participation is free of charge, registration is required. The  conference is focused on the challenges and opportunities in global software development. The GSD conference is aimed for practitioners who are curious about the current state of the art within globally distributed software development both from a scientific and an industrial perspective. 

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