As the video game industry continues to grow, the frequency of cross-cultural teams has given rise to additional examination of how cultural values affect intragroup relations. Due to the smaller size of most mobile game studios, these developers in particular require a deeper understanding of how to form more effective teams. Inspired by Geert Hofstede's insight into cultural values, I intend to explore the effect of power distance on team trust and performance by studying sixteen small teams developing mobile games.




1. Low power distance, high trust teams will perform best.
2. High power distance, low trust teams will perform worst.
3. Groups with diverse power distance values among members will have lower team trust and therefore perform worse than those with uniform power distance values.
4. Over the course of the project, on high-performing teams, individual power distance values will trend towards that group’s mean.