International Teamwork and Communication

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Teamwork and Communication

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Intercultural Communications

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is intended to provide an introduction to a wide range of issues concerning teamwork
    and communication in an international and intercultural environment. Topics to be discussed in
    course sessions will include:
    - Icebreaking activity
    - What is a team and why do we have teams?
    - What are the challenges and opportunities in multicultural teams?
    - Elements of culture and layers of diversity
    - From ethnocentric to ethnorelative (Milton Bennett)
    - Diversity and inclusion as a leverage for diverse teams
    - Building trust in international teams
    - Team selection, management and leadership. The specificities of international teams
    - Team roles and team models (Belbin, Tuckman)
    - The role of values in team building
    - The particular challenges of virtual teams
    - Teams and corporate culture
    - Trompenaar’s 4-R model: reconciling differences and building a team culture 
    - Molinsky’s Global Dexterity model: diagnosis of differences and customization of behavior
    (stretching your comfort zone)
    - Conflict management in teams
    - The influence of communication styles in teams
    - Diverse teams at work: The model of Gardenschwartz and Rowe
    - Elements of negotiation techniques that influence cross-cultural teams
    - Elements of management and leadership in an international setting
    - Combination of interactive workshops, collaborative team activities, self-discovery tools and
    - Presentations and evaluation
    Learning Outcomes:
    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    - recognize the different elements that make up culture
    - demonstrate the role culture plays on general and professional communication and behaviour
    - suggest ways to respect and reconcile the cultural characteristics that make a difference
    - analyze the cultural elements inherent in different situations
    - evaluate the relative importance of different cultural elements in different communication
    - apply different cultural orientations to correctly analyse different situations
    - understand their strengths, weaknesses and preferred role as team players
    - interact more sensitively within international teams
    - develop a capacity for culturally sensitive critical analysis
    - interpret skillfully different elements of verbal and non-verbal communication and adapt
    communication styles
    - analyze critical incidents and provide solutions
    - be able to integrate a new team showing flexible and inclusive behavior
    - apply principles of team management in a diverse team

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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