Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Countries, Culture, and Collaboration

    How do the cultural values of the countries in which people work affect their patterns of meeting and email activity? We argue that meetings and emails are one of the most basic and important indices of collaboration available to an organization, and are therefore likely to be influenced by cultural forces. Specifically, we hypothesize that organizations operating in collectivistic and cultural tight societies will spend more time in meetings and send more emails than their individualistic and culturally loose counterparts. Using a novel dataset consisting of 683,052 pseudonymized organizations across 57 countries, we find strong support for our hypothesis. We interpret these results in light of the spread of cross-cultural work, the prevalence of electronic forms of collaboration, and the rise of digital data, arguing that these developments offer powerful avenues for future insight into organizational functioning.

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