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Culturally reflective learning perspectives as competency benefits for international collaboration

 
MEETING CULTURES. Awareness for culturally reflective collaboration

As cooperation continues to become increasingly international and intercultural, so too is the number of challenges involved parties face in navigating these contexts successfully. Especially when it comes to knowledge-intensive fields, diverse learning and teaching styles, different didactical experiences and educational cultures affect working relationships, supervision, leadership, knowledge transfer, communication and collaboration.

New cultural standards for respectful conduct have to be set when establishing multi-cultural working groups or teaching settings. A fundamental understanding of intercultural communication patterns, teaching, learning and working cultures helps to reflect on one’s own cultural awareness. It paves the way to better modes of dealing with ambiguities and insecurities during intercultural collaboration and teaching.

AIMS

This workshop enhances intercultural competencies and promotes the participant’s ability to maintain security in cross-cultural situations. Reflection units and practical exercises make space for discussing individual experiences about how to adjust communication flexibly to suit intercultural working environments.

TOPICS

  • Reflection on identity and cultural values
  • Models of intercultural competence and their classification
  • Conduct with diversity, commonalities and unfamiliarity
  • Coping with diverse learning cultures and working styles
  • Awareness of time, power, authority, conflicts and values
  • Establishing trust, promoting confidence in cross-cultural work
  • Approaches and skills for intercultural interactions

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Reflection on own attitudes towards other cultures
  • Better understanding of intercultural influences in collaboration
  • Development of bridge-building coping strategiesdownload workshop description
 
 
PROJECT CULTURE. Leadership skills in cross-cultural projects

Project management plays an important role in the globalized world: projects are becoming increasingly complex and international. Projects facilitate fast and flexible reactions to changing market situations or requests from organizations. The key challenge besides project coordination and organization is communication.

Projects in scientific or expert environments are subject to different rules than economic projects. They spring from unanswered questions rather than economic necessity. Scientific projects, by in large, do not result in consumer products but reveal new findings, methods or concepts.

Deployment of professional tools as applied in industry support objective attainment, effective project controls, risk mitigation and structured communication. The challenges lie in adjusting techniques and methods from project management to meet the specific demands of academia and within highly-specialized organizations.

AIMS

This workshop conveys basic project management knowledge, methods and competencies and focusses the challenges of interdisciplinary and intercultural project work. Practical exercises provide insights into how project management tools can be used. Additionally, the roles, responsibilities and skills set of project leadership are outlined.

 

TOPICS

  • Project management in science and industry: similarities and differences
  • Particular challenges in expert organizations and international project collaboration
  • Principles of project planning, controlling and cooperation
  • Project leadership: roles, responsibilities, skills and challenges
  • Traditional vs. agile project management: opportunities and limitation

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understanding and applying the positive effects of structured project planning
  • Knowledge of the opportunities and limits of project management and cross-cultural project collaboration
  • Application of hands-on methodical project management and leadership skills

 

OPTIONAL: PROJECT REVIEW

Follow-up day for individual assessments during project flow. The project review day builds upon the basic course and provides participants with the opportunity to focus on their own projects using the provided resources as well as discuss individual questions, identify possible pitfalls and develop approaches for solutions.

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Dr. Christine Issa, Coach & Trainer

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