Innovation Through Virtual Teams

Course Objectives

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and COVID-19 have dramatically changed how we work, from offline to online, from PC to mobiles, and from email to messaging apps and high-definition video conferences. It has facilitated the increasingly globalized nature of business and has given us better ways to collaborate and communicate. It has become the norm to work with colleagues and customers across town and across the planet as members of Global Virtual Teams (GVTs). How to effectively work with our colleagues on GVTs defines our success and that of our organizations.

In this course, students will learn how to communicate and collaborate effectively and how to use technology and tools to drive innovation from Global Virtual Teams, both as team members and as team leaders. By the end of the course, students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with their colleagues worldwide. They will understand the different social dynamics of remote work - how to build trust, manage conflict, ensure results, ideate, overcome cultural and linguistic gaps and use technology to mitigate social distance, all while driving innovation and creating value.

As the class is a GVT, students will be able to apply what they learn throughout the course through interactions with classmates. Each student will be assigned to work in a group that will create a group research project on "Creating a Virtual Learning Team," reporting back to the class and making presentations on Day 6. Decisions made on how to collaborate with classmates, based on Days 1- 5, will be captured in the group project and individual reflection. Students can apply knowledge gained from this course on the job and in future GLOBIS online courses.


Course Details

Programs: Full-time MBA, Part-time & Online MBA, Pre-MBA
Discipline: Special Course
Course Level: Specialized Course
Required/Elective Course: Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.5
Report: Day 6
Hours Per Class: 3 hours
Class Capacity: 35

12 weeks, every other week
JPY 154,000

*Due to the characteristics of the course, application of the substitute class and leave of absence system is not available.


Theme/Reading Materials

Day 1
THEMEGetting Virtual Teams Right - Tools and Technology -
CASEVirtual Teams at Ivey
Day 2
THEMEGetting Virtual Teams Right - Human Factors and Remote Leadership -
CASENavigating the Cultural Minefiled
Leading Global Teams: Managing SPLIT to Bridge Social Distance
Day 3
THEMELanguage and Virtual Collaboration
CASE10 Digital Miscommunications - and How to Avoid Them
Stop Hosting Boring Virtual Meetings
Day 4
THEMEDriving Innovation Projects on Global Virtual Teams
CASEInnovation through collaborative partnerships : Creating the MSN News for iPad app at VanceInfo Technologies
Day 5
THEMECOVID-19 and the Future of Remote Work
CASEGitLab and the Future of All-Remote Work
Our Work-from-Anywhere Future
Day 6
THEMEGroup Presentation and The Future of Work


If you wish to start from the Pre-MBA,

Tuition Fee per course: 154,000 yen
Please find more about the Pre-MBA Program.

Course Schedule


Darren Menabney
Darren Menabney
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