Eloquent and “More Developed”: Network Centrality in Multinational Teams as Function of Language Ability, Nationality and Self-Evaluations
mar 01
March 01.
12:15 - 13:30
Frankel Leo ut 30-34
Room: 305, CEU InnovationsLab
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Eloquent and “More Developed”: Network Centrality in Multinational Teams as Function o...
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Date: March 1, 2013 - 12:15 - 13:30
Building: Frankel Leo ut 30-34
Room: 305, CEU InnovationsLab
Event type: Seminar
Event audience: CEU Community Only

A Guest Scholar Seminar by
Minna Paunova

Building on expectation states theory and research on intercultural relations and nationality-based stereotyping, I examine the ascribed and achieved status mechanisms behind individual network centrality in self-managed multinational teams. I argue that individuals are sought after for leadership and advice, but not for friendship, on the basis of the level of development of their home country (a diffuse status characteristic) and because of their fluency in the team’s lingua franca (a specific status characteristic). An individual’s core self-evaluation and self-rated spoken language fluency are examined as potential mediators of the effect of status characteristics on network centrality. Data on 286 individuals in 36 real teams confirm the prediction that (1) language fluency and nationality are strong status signals, (2) the mechanisms of formation of instrumental and friendship network structures are different, and (3) the effects of nationality on centrality are partially mediated by individual core self-evaluation. Implications of the achievement/ascription mechanisms driving the formation of instrumental networks for the proliferation of multinational teams in organizations are discussed.

Keywords: multinational teams, status characteristics, core self-evaluation, social network centrality

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Short Bio
Minna Paunova is a doctoral candidate at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Specializing in organizational behavior, she is particularly interested in cross-cultural interaction. Her dissertation, under Prof Yih-teen Lee, focuses on leadership emergence in multicultural teams.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, she received her undergraduate education in psychology and economics from St Louis University and the University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria), where she graduated first in her class. She published parts of her undergraduate thesis in two leading Bulgarian peer-reviewed journals. Minna Paunova has presented her work at international management conferences including the Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management.

Minna has received a number of awards for academic excellence during her undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2011, she was awarded a fellowship by the Center for Global Leadership at UC Irvine. She has teaching experience (in organizational behavior, leadership, strategic leadership, and international management) and several years of professional experience in international human resource management.


  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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