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Carmel, Erran
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As organizations grow increasingly reliant on a global workforce, they need to know how to mitigate time zone challenges. This is easier said than done: Coordinating your geographically and chronologically dispersed teams involves a lot more than better calendar planning or basic literacy about time differences, as important as these are. This article, based on 20 years of research on global working arrangements, explains how companies can not only mitigate the time zone problem but can use it as a source of competitive advantage.

Tools and Frameworks:
> "Six Basic Time Zone Configurations" identifies the main international working configurations and the mechanisms appropriate to each.
> "Nearshoring Clusters" depicts the three main continental time-zone bands around which many companies increasingly choose to cluster when outsourcing.

Examples Cited:
Coolsand Technologies, Dell, Intel, Infosys, NetDevices, IBM, Texas-based company with partners in Brazil

Research Basis:
Based on 20 years of research on global working arrangements conducted by the author, who was the first to tackle the emerging fields of global software teams and the offshoring of information technology, both titles of two books he wrote on those subjects.

About the Author:
Erran Carmel is a professor in the Department of Information Technology at the American University Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C.
This article is based on:  Overcoming Your Time Zone Challenges
Publisher:  Estudios y Ediciones IESE
Year:  2013
Language:  English
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