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Late again? Understanding and Managing Time in Multicultural Teams
3:50 PM - 5:05 PM
Thu Oct 19, 2017
Lahaina Room


In this reflective forum, participants will review literature, share experiences, and discuss how to manage different time preferences in intercultural settings. The session will begin with a brief overview of Hall’s foundational anthropological accounts and recent empirical research relating culture to time. Participants will then gather in small groups to share their observations and experiences of the impact of culture on time. Small groups will share with the large group and together we will create a taxonomy of cross-cultural time-related challenges and synergies for different situations (e.g. teamwork, meetings, classroom), places (e.g. international students, study abroad, multicultural workplace), and mixes of cultures (e.g. U.S. & Mexico, Germany & France, Indigenous & European settler). Finally, we will discuss intercultural approaches to time management that respect the deep cultural roots of how people understand, move through, and communicate time.

Wendi Adair, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo

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