Cultural Diversity Challenges: Issues for Managing Globally Distributed Knowledge Workers in Software Development

Cultural Diversity Challenges: Issues for Managing Globally Distributed Knowledge Workers in Software Development

Haiyan Huang (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Eileen A. Trauth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-917-5.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter discusses cultural diversity challenges in globally distributed software development and the implications for educating and managing the future global information technology workforce. It argues that the work practices of global software development are facing a variety of challenges associated with cultural diversity, which are manifested in and can be analyzed from three dimensions: the work environment of global software development, the globally distributed knowledge workers, and the global software development work. It further articulates how cultural diversity is manifested in these three dimensions. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of developing cultural awareness and cultural diversity understanding as important skills for the future information technology workforce.

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