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 MBA, Pre-MBA
Discipline: Special Course
Special Features: None
Required/Elective Course: Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.5
Report: Day 6
Class Capacity: 35

12 weeks, every other week
Online
JPY 154,000
Specialized

*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
Session A
THEME Getting Virtual Teams Right - Tools and Technology -
CASE Virtual Teams at Ivey
Session B
THEME Getting Virtual Teams Right - Tools and Technology -
CASE Virtual Teams at Ivey
 
Day 2
Session A
THEME Getting Virtual Teams Right - Human Factors and Remote Leadership -
CASE Navigating the Cultural Minefiled
Leading Global Teams: Managing SPLIT to Bridge Social Distance
Session B
THEME Getting Virtual Teams Right - Human Factors and Remote Leadership -
CASE Navigating the cultural Minefiled
Leading Global Teams: Managing SPLIT to Bridge Social Distance
 
Day 3
Session A
THEME Language and Virtual Communication
CASE Tip of the Iceberg
10 Digital Miscommunications - and How to Avoid Them
How to Give a Webinar Presentation
Session B
THEME Language and Virtual Communication
CASE Tip of the Iceberg
10 Digital Miscommunications - and How to Avoid Them
How to Give a Webinar Presentation
 
Day 4
Session A
THEME Driving Innovation Projects on Global Virtual Teams
CASE Innovation through collaborative partnerships : Creating the MSN News for iPad app at VanceInfo Technologies
Session B
THEME Driving Innovation Projects on Global Virtual Teams
CASE Innovation through collaborative partnerships : Creating the MSN News for iPad app at VanceInfo Technologies
 
Day 5
Session A
THEME COVID-19 and the Future of Remote Work
CASE GitLab and the Future of All-Remote Work
Four Principles to Ensure Hybrid Work is Productive Work
Session B
THEME COVID-19 and the Future of Remote Work
CASE GitLab and the Future of All-Remote Work
Four Principles to Ensure Hybrid Work is Productive Work
 
Day 6
Session A
THEME Group Presentation and The Future of Work
CASE Our Work-from-Anywhere Future
Session B
THEME Group Presentation and The Future of Work
CASE Our Work-from-Anywhere Future
 

 

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

Faculty

Darren Menabney
Darren Menabney
Critical and Analytical Skills
Communicating your ideas and persuading others is critical to your success as a leader and business professional, whether as an entrepreneur, an employee of a large firm, or member of the public or not-for-profit sectors. No one is born as a natural presenter, it comes with a lot of work, practice, learning from your mistakes, and learning about yourself. My goal is to help you build your confidence and ability to present effectively, clearly, and persuasively, to a global audience. Find the uniqueness which you bring to your presentations, strengthen that, and use it to persuade, inform, and inspire others!