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Магистратура 2021/2022

Эффективное управление виртуальными командами

Статус: Курс обязательный (Системная и программная инженерия)
Направление: 09.04.04. Программная инженерия
Когда читается: 2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Охват аудитории: для своего кампуса
Преподаватели: Майкевич Наталия Вадимовна
Прогр. обучения: Системная и программная инженерия
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 5

Course Syllabus


The global markets, changes in the companies’ organizational structure, communication and collaboration technologies are the most important factors in fundamentally transformation of the ways in which teams operate. Virtual teams became as common as face-to-face teams. Course is designed to in-depth understanding of practices and issues of virtual teams effective management and leading. During the course students get hands-on experience with virtual teams building and mastering. Topics include techniques for developing trust, shared understanding, performance evaluation, training, technology evaluation, and managing across cultures. The course is offered to students of the Master Program "System and Software Engineering" (area code 09.04.04) in the School of Software Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). The number of contact (class) hours equals 40 (18 hours of lectures and 22 hours of practice). On top of that, 188 hours are set aside for self-studying. The number of course' credits (ECTS) is 6.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Manage across organization and national cultures.
  • Master theories and strategies of high performance in virtual team
  • Manage trust building and team identity creating.
  • Manage effective communication and collabortion in virtual teams,
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Applies technics and approaches to information/knowledge sharing.
  • Assesses of team members’ individual contribution to virtual team project.
  • Defines virtual team. Describes their advantages and disadvantages for organization and team members.
  • Demonstrates communication channels selection that relevant to the tasks and can organize informal communication to support and improve the collaboration of the virtual team
  • Describes approaches for motivation of virtual team members.
  • Describes approaches to building trust in virtual team.
  • Describes approaches, such as transformational leadership to leading and coaching of virtual team’ members on performance.
  • Describes common types and causes of conflict that arise within virtual teams.
  • Describes critical success factors for communication and collaboration of virtual team
  • Describes different level of the trust: calculus-based, knowledge-based, identification-based.
  • Describes how organizational and national culture influences how people think and act on the job.
  • Describes how technology trends impact on work and management style
  • Describes how to assess the cohesion, trust, performance, motivation of virtual team.
  • Describes how to manage and coordinate virtual team’ members performance by focusing on results
  • Describes main challenges of the virtual teams
  • Describes main features of Russian, European, American, Arabic, Asia and China cultures.
  • Describes main styles of communication. Analyzes differencies in own communication style with ones of team members.
  • Describes patterns of national behavior. Analyzes differences of own culture with culture of team members.
  • Describes person' culture composed from explicits and implicits ones.
  • Describes role of the virtual teams for organizations.
  • Describes team dynamics and behaviors.
  • Describes technics to establish a supportive culture that values teamwork, communication and learning,
  • Describes the critical success factors of the virtual team.
  • Describes the leadership and management competencies needed to manage people from a distance.
  • Describes the stages of the team life sycle and team manager duties for each stage.
  • Describes what competencies and skills virtual team members should have.
  • Develops a meeting agenda, ground rules, communication plan for virtual team
  • Explores similarities and differences between face-to-face and virtual teams
  • Identifies and explains the basics of organizational and national culture.
  • Learns and demonstrate technics of different communications styles management
  • Learns and demonstrates approaches to building collaborative environment in virtual team.
  • Learns and demonstrates management of cross-cultural communications.
  • Learns and demonstrates recognition of main cultural values ​​through human behavior.
  • Learns and demonstrates strategies to conflicts prevention.
  • Learns and demonstrates technics of own team' culture building,
  • Proves own knowledge and practice skills
  • Provides assessment of an effectiveness of virtual team
  • Recognizes current trends in the global business environment and identifies how these trends can generate competitive advantages
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Technology and globalization impact on society and enterprises. Future perspectives discussion. Selection of teams and assignment of project topics.
  • Understanding Virtual Teams. Case study.
  • Team life cycle. Managing conflicts virtually. Case study.
  • Managing across cultures. Patterns of national behavior. Communication styles, preferences and models. Case study.
  • Culture diversity. Case study.
  • Mastering virtual teams. Communication and collaboration. Technics for virtual team assessment. Case study.
  • Leading virtual team. Discuss leadership characteristics and skills , assess personal competencies. Case study.
  • Building effective virtual team, establishing trust.
  • Best practice of virtual team management.
  • Practice-oriented solution of the business case in real time by students' virtual teams. Virtual teams presentations and discussion
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework 1
    All course assignments are expected to be submitted by the assignment deadline. Any extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from submitting an assignment on time need to be discussed with the instructor. Upon instructor approval, late assignments will be accepted with 10% late penalty.
  • non-blocking Homework 2
  • non-blocking Homework 3
  • non-blocking Homework 4
  • non-blocking Homework 5
  • non-blocking Homework 6
  • non-blocking Mid-term test
    Mid-term test consist of 3 parts: multiple choice test, open questions, small case.
  • non-blocking Class discussions and case studies
    You are expected to participate in class discussions. participation in 2 discussions at least for 4 -5 grades.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * Class discussions and case studies + 0.05 * Homework 1 + 0.05 * Homework 2 + 0.05 * Homework 3 + 0.05 * Homework 4 + 0.1 * Homework 5 + 0.1 * Homework 6 + 0.3 * Mid-term test


Recommended Core Bibliography

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  • Stephens, F. L., II. (2016). Enhancing Virtual Team Dynamics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.880D3A03
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Recommended Additional Bibliography

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  • GUEGAN, jerome, SEGONDS, frederic, BARRE, J., MARANZANA, N., MANTELET, F., & BUISINE, stephanie. (2017). Social identity cues to improve creativity and identification in face-to-face and virtual groups. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D913190A
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