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This course is part of the training Bachelor in Business Management.


Course level

Course prerequisites (start competences)
At least student in second year
students are able to work in team
students are generally able to adapt to foreign cultures
students are able to contribute to discussions in English
students are able to fluently read and write English
students are willing to learn German and give the German/Bavarian culture a chance
enthusiast, willing to learn
open minded
critical, yet not arrogant
eager to function in a multicultural environment
longing for international experience
willing to give and receive feedback; able to cope with negative feedback
stress resistant
motivated and not easily giving up
having an own opinion, while at the same time being able to listen to others

Course description & goals (final competences)

Globalisation demands that managers possess the basic skills required to work together in international teams. Many companies actively encourage the development of these skills through teambuilding or team development programs. Especially for change management, team development plays an increasingly important role. Here the critical goal is to optimise how the group members work together as a team. Key factors affecting a team’s success include organisation, structures, processes, culture and relationships.
International Team Building is conducted at the beginning of the semester as a three day off-campus seminar. The hands-on, outdoor training gives the students intensive exposure to the multifaceted nature of group dynamics.
By working together to solve complex problems and through structured feedback sessions, the participants become sensitised to the rolls they assume in group interactions, to the limitations imposed by the German and their own cultures, and to the conditions required for effective team work.
The course supports the integration of foreign students into campus and social life and helps build lasting working relationships among all participants.
The skills of giving and receiving of feedback are learned in the protective atmosphere of small groups through intensive exchanges between instructors and participants.  This leads to improved observation and communication skills.
Moreover, the group members continually switch roles. This promotes a deeper understanding of social interaction, helps members to reflect on their contribution to the group process, encourages members to experiment with new behavioural concepts, and improves the group’s capacity to co-operate and perform. Final feedback rounds offer the possibility to align the members’ self images with the perception others have of them,  to reduce “blind spots”, to increase  self confidence and their ability to reflect.
The capacity to give appropriate feedback in various situations, to monitor one’s self image as well as the consequences of one’s own behaviour  form the basis for a successful career in management.

Table of contents

Group dynamics, processes and structures in groups
Roles in groups (roles in tasks and supporting roles)
Group leadership
Effect of one’s actions in groups
The “give and take” of feedback
Self image and how others see you
Communication levels (content versus relationship)
Conditions for successful co-operation
Cultural influences on teamwork
Note: The main emphasis of this course is not the conveyance of theoretical knowledge, but rather learning directly from experience.

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