Champions of equality: Examining gender egalitarianism in virtual teams across cultures

Bettina Cassandra Riedl, Y. Dora Cai, Rabindra A. Ratan, Cuihua Shen, Arnold Picot

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Abstract

This study highlights the importance of considering gender and offline cultural context when working in virtual teams. To this end, we examine gender differences in performance and participation within virtual teams in a popular online game, drawing from behavioral game data from game servers in nine countries, each representing a distinct region of the world. Results are compared to metrics from the GLOBE study, allowing us to examine how offline cultural context relates to the data derived from these virtual teams. While this study is largely exploratory, it suggests the important point that offline gender dynamics in a given culture are not necessarily replicated by the virtual team participants from those cultures and thus that virtual team managers should be mindful of such dynamics. Further implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages393-401
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2015Jan 8 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2015-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKauai
Period1/5/151/8/15

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural analysis
  • Gender
  • Gender dynamics
  • Gender egalitarianism
  • Online games
  • Virtual teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Riedl, B. C., Cai, Y. D., Ratan, R. A., Shen, C., & Picot, A. (2015). Champions of equality: Examining gender egalitarianism in virtual teams across cultures. In R. H. Sprague, & T. X. Bui (Eds.), Proceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 (pp. 393-401). [7069704] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; Vol. 2015-March). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2015.55