Research Summary

Research Overview



Globalization and innovation are two key forces that will shape individual and business success in the 21st century. To thrive, individuals and organizations must collaborate effectively across cultural lines to solve pressing business problems and develop new products and services that will appeal to the global marketplace. My research aims at understanding these organizational behavior processes, focusing on two interrelated questions (1) how managers can build effective trust relationships with co-workers and business associates who are of a different culture from them and (2) how a multicultural social environment influence creativity and innovation. Illuminating the first puzzle helps me tackle the second one. Existing research on intercultural relations and creativity have thus far developed separately. In a world where innovating in a multicultural context is crucial to success, my research contributes to both practice and theory by connecting these two areas of work.