Collaborating in a Global Economy
Course Number 2020
Associate Professor Tsedal Neeley
Winter; Q3Q4; 3 credits
Collaboration is one of the most common and effective ways of accomplishing today's work goals. Whether joining an innovative start-up, providing professional services, working across functional groups to deliver products and services, or managing global teams distributed across countries and time zones, most professionals will lead or manage significant collaborative efforts. High performance collaboration depends on 1) leveraging the skills, talents, and insights of all members and 2) working effectively across differences in culture, national origin, language, and ethnicity. Unfortunately, collaborations are always at risk of failing to meet their objectives because of dysfunctions that can waste or even undercut members' contributions; global collaborations are especially prone to relationship-damaging blind spots. This course will help you identify the common problems collaborators encounter along with the actions you can take to avoid or remedy these problems.
The objectives of this course are to:
- Sharpen your understanding of and ability to create the conditions that foster high performance collaboration as well as to mitigate the disruptive forces that can derail them
- Identify the actions leaders and collaborators can take to avoid or remedy common pitfalls that undercut people's ability to contribute
- Become adept using communication technology (e.g., email, video conferencing..etc) to enhance interpersonal outcomes
- Develop the leadership skills to navigate global collaborations that span multiple countries, languages, and cultures.