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Master 2021/2022

Project Seminar "Building Successful International Teams"

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (Master in International Management)
Area of studies: Management
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Anna Di Nardo
Master’s programme: Международный менеджмент
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Project Seminar "Building Successful International Teams" Program International Management Link Semester 1 Level Graduate Year 1 Study mode Offline Type of course Project seminar ECTS 3 Prerequisites The Course ‘Building Successful International Teams’ is a part of a cycle of Courses providing Master’s Program ‘Master in International Management (MIM). This Course establishes a range of requirements for students’ skills and knowledge and determines content and the forms of educational activities and reporting. It is recommended to have a preliminary knowledge in the following disciplines prior attending this course: • Management Learning outcomes As a practical implication of the course, students will be able to: • design and apply practices necessary for building the successful teams • manage and coach the team performance • provide constructive feedback • develop the effective patterns of behaviour in different situations, including conflict ones Contents In the modern world business is a global enterprise and there is a challenge for many companies how to integrate team members from all over the world and how to manage and build successful international teams. Depending on the industry and business, team members can be from different corners of the planet working together, which provides its own unique set of challenges. Businesses have been putting together and trying to manage international teams for many decades with varying degrees of success, but it is becoming far more common in the internet age. Over the years there have been some proven methods to bring international coworkers together. Building a successful international team is a great way to foster a positive work culture and exceptional collaboration between employees. These activities should actively engage the employees, making the time spent away from typical assignments worthwhile. The goal of the course is to create a systematic view on how to build high performing international teams, improving their effectiveness, using the approach of strategy to results, inclusion, engagement and rewards. It will allow the students of the course to • understand the basic rules for successful work in international teams, intercultural communication work and cooperation • build necessary skills and form competences, based on which the students will have the opportunity to build successful teams in their future career development as managers and leaders Course plan 1. Introduction. Expectations and ground rules 2. Leader’s Mindset 3. Strategy to Results: 4. Feedback, Coaching & Development 5. Inclusion, Engagement & Rewards 6. High Performing Teams
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Learn the foundations of teams design and management. 2. Understand how to design, shape, and manage a team effectively. 3. Discover how opposing interests and asymmetric information affect team dynamics, understand how to manage group dynamics. 4. Learn the team roles and how they can be applied in different settings. 5. Understand how effectively lead and participate in teams.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 1) Understanding team processes 2) Understanding key elements of team design 3) Understanding of driving forces behind team formation
  • understanding factors, leading to team success, understanding and demonstrating team skills, formulation of a basic team contract
  • Understanding group dynamics, understanding the dynamics of conflict in teams and methods of conflict mediation and resolution, understanding the mechanisms and dynamic of cooperation and competition in teams
  • Understanding how the teams function and what are characteristics of an efficient/disfunctional teamwork
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course Introduction Teams and Teamwork
  • Team Processes, Team Design and Beginnings
  • Group Dynamics, Conflict in Teams, Cooperation and Competition
  • Team Success, Team skills, Team contract
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class Participation (includes Resume and Personal Statement)
    This is a graduate-level course, based on your active participation in class. Effective written and oral communication will constitute a significant portion of your grade. Written work should be clear, logical, grammatically correct, spell-checked, persuasive, supported by examples, and backed up by citations for any data, ideas or other content used. To do well on the writing assignments, you will need to incorporate and apply the course readings and class discussions. Workload. The value you receive from this course will be commensurate with the thought and effort that you put into it. You should expect to spend 3-6 hours outside of class each week to read the assigned materials, reflect, complete assignments, and prepare for the next class session. Deadlines. All assignments must be submitted to the designated Google drive folders on time, late submissions will not be accepted. If you experience any problems uploading your assignment to the assignment folder, you should email the document to the instructor. Medical or family emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • non-blocking Course Log-Book
    This is a graduate-level course, based on your active participation in class. Effective written and oral communication will constitute a significant portion of your grade. Written work should be clear, logical, grammatically correct, spell-checked, persuasive, supported by examples, and backed up by citations for any data, ideas or other content used. To do well on the writing assignments, you will need to incorporate and apply the course readings and class discussions.Criteria for evaluation of written assignments All written assignments should comply with following requirements: 1. Relevance: it directly answers the question 2. Understanding of the topic 3. Evidence of the use of appropriate material (e.g. books, journal articles, etc.), demonstrated by the evaluation and analysis of a wide range of materials and sources. 4. Organisation of material into a coherent structure: introduction, argument and evidence, conclusion. Arguments should be well formulated and demonstrate the evidence of critical and independent thought. 5. Clear style, including accurate spelling, clear sentence construction and punctuation 6. References 7. Bibliography Grading 8-10 A written assignment demonstrates excellence in the following: • accurate integration of a wide range of material and resources • high level of critical analysis and independent judgement • quality of arguments in response to the question • sources fully and accurately identified • originality of the intellectual approach • + all of the elements required of all written assignments (above) 6-7 A written assignment contains some of the features of the 8-10 grade written assignment, although several elements will be only partially realised. Thus, for example, a typical 4-5 written assignment • will display some independent thought (e.g. through the use of original examples), but may have uneven coverage of relevant issues, with some explored in more detail than others • may lack sustained conceptual analysis, tending to accept uncritically the principal arguments in an area will include most of the elements required of all written assignments, but not all, for example, there may be some confusion in the use of terms, the referencing may be inaccurate or inconsistent, there may be use of inappropriate language 4-5 A written assignment is based on a satisfactory use of a limited number of the features outlined for 8-10 grade writen assignments, but significant elements will be underdeveloped. Thus, for example, a typical 4-5 grade written assignment • display little evidence of independent thought and critical judgement • include a partial and rather superficial coverage of the key issues • lack critical analysis • while some of the elements required of all written assignments are present, they are not necessarily adequate. • it may be poorly structured • references may be inadequate and inaccurate 1-3 (fail) A written assignment is based an inadequate use of a significant number of the features outlined for the 8-10 grade written assignments. A typical Fail written assignment may be characterized by the following: • major inaccuracies and omissions • offers unsubstantiated opinion • demonstrates no evidence of critical judgement • there may be an attempt to respond to the question, but the written assignment as a whole will not answer i Workload. The value you receive from this course will be commensurate with the thought and effort that you put into it. You should expect to spend 3-6 hours outside of class each week to read the assigned materials, reflect, complete assignments, and prepare for the next class session. Deadlines. All assignments must be submitted to the designated Google drive folders on time, late submissions will not be accepted. If you experience any problems uploading your assignment to the assignment folder, you should email the document to the instructor. Medical or family emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • non-blocking Team Performance Feedback/Evaluation Report
    Please pay attention that this assignment focuses on the methodology of the assessment of the team and team members. Students will have up to a month to complete the assignment. This is a graduate-level course, based on your active participation in class. Effective written and oral communication will constitute a significant portion of your grade. Written work should be clear, logical, grammatically correct, spell-checked, persuasive, supported by examples, and backed up by citations for any data, ideas or other content used. To do well on the writing assignments, you will need to incorporate and apply the course readings and class discussions. Workload. The value you receive from this course will be commensurate with the thought and effort that you put into it. You should expect to spend 3-6 hours outside of class each week to read the assigned materials, reflect, complete assignments, and prepare for the next class session. Deadlines. All assignments must be submitted to the designated Google drive folders on time, late submissions will not be accepted. If you experience any problems uploading your assignment to the assignment folder, you should email the document to the instructor. Medical or family emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
    0.2 * Class Participation (includes Resume and Personal Statement) + 0.3 * Course Log-Book + 0.2 * Exam + 0.3 * Team Performance Feedback/Evaluation Report
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Group dynamics for teams, Levi, D., 2017

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • The five dysfunctions of a team, Lencioni, P., 2002