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Course 2021-2022 a.y.

20172 - SEMINAR ON COLLABORATIVE COMPETENCES

IM
Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 6 - 7 - 99

IM (2 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/10)
Course Director:
MASSIMO MAGNI

Classes: 6 (II sem.) - 7 (II sem.) - 99 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 6: MASSIMO MAGNI, Class 7: MASSIMO MAGNI, Class 99: TO BE DEFINED


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The evolution of the global context requires the development of managerial skills that are aimed at integrating knowledge between individuals. In particular, recent research outline the importance of dealing with different perspectives, manage conflict, and influence others. These seminars have the aim to develop awareness of such skills in order to allow individuals to integrate knowledge and develop innovative solutions.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The seminars focus on the following topics:

  • Innovation through knowledge sharing and collaboration.
  • Dealing with conflict: do not avoid it, manage it!
  • Diversity in teams and within organizations.
  • Team leadership and problem solving.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand the main drivers of effective collaboration.
  • Understand the sources of conflict and its consequences.
  • Understand the value of diversity and its role in innovation processes.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Deal with different conflicting situations on the basis of the team goal.
  • Leverage on diversity as a source of value for the team.
  • Organize team activities in order to prevent pitfalls and maximize members contribution.

Teaching methods
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Company visits
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS

Students will be involved in simulations and role playing. Students will interact with guest speakers, and they will participate to a virtual company visit.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Attending students will obtain their credits through active participation to the seminar activities (there is not a final exam for attending students). The seminar consists of 4 half-day sections.  In order to have an “attending” status and receive the credits, students have to participate to the activities for 3 out of 4 sections (at least). If students miss more than 1 section, they will not obtain the credits and they will become  “not-attending” students.

      * Final evaluation: pass/fail.

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Not-attending students are evaluated through a written exam (multiple choice) entirely based on the readings indicated in the "teaching material" section. The exam is aimed at evaluating students’ ability to recognize the main elements that characterize effective collaboration and teamwork. In order to pass the exam, students have to answer correctly to half of the questions (at least). There are no penalties in case of mistake (i.e. the wrong answer counts 0).

     * Final evaluation: pass/fail.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Materials will provided by the instructor

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Choudhury, P. (Raj). (2020). Our Work-from-Anywhere Future. (cover story). Harvard Business Review, 98(6), 58–67.
    • Peterson, S. J., Abramson, R., & Stutman, R. K. (2020). How to Develop Your Leadership Style. Harvard Business Review, 98(6), 68–77.
    • Ely, R. J., & Thomas, D. A. (2020). Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case. Harvard Business Review, 98(6), 114–122.
    • Carlson, C. R. (2020). Innovation for Impact. Harvard Business Review, 98(6), 124–133.
    • Magni, M., & Maruping, L. (2019). Unleashing Innovation With Collaboration Platforms. MIT Sloan Management Review, 23–27.
    • Ibarra, H., & Hansen, M. T. (2011). Are you a collaborative leader. Harvard Business Review, 89(7/8), 68-74.
    • Abele, J. (2011). Bringing minds together. Harvard Business Review, 89(7-8), 86-93.
    • Hansen, M. T. (2009). When internal collaboration is bad for your company. Harvard Business Review, 87(4), 82-88.