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Succeeding in Virtual Teams & Work Certificate: Online2020-09-25T13:44:35-04:00

Project Description

Find success in leading virtual teams.

This online business certificate program is designed to help managers and project leaders overcome the unique challenges of remote teams. Our goal is to teach you to identify the individual-level challenges of team members, then equip you with skills and strategies to overcome those challenges. Together, we’ll explore technology and tools, processes, and communication channels that can be applied immediately to your work environment. Our award-winning Kelley faculty are ready to help business leaders find success in all aspects of virtual and remote management.

Online Certificate in Leading Virtual Teams

Format: Online business certificate comprising four courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks. Attend all four courses to earn the certificate or register for individual courses.

Estimated Time Commitment: Three to four hours per week

Flexible Pricing: All four courses taken together cost $3,200. Taken separately, each three-week course costs $895. Those registering for the entire certificate save $380.

  • NEW –  35% discount for certificate and individual online courses. Use code SAVE35 at checkout.

    50% off – Kelley School of Business alumni

    Discounts are also available for IU staff. Contact Trudi at tkessle@iu.edu or complete the form for promotional codes.

Upcoming Dates:

Spring: February 1 – May 21, 2021

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Online Business Certificate: Key Takeaways

Is this online virtual leadership certificate right for you?

This certificate program is for people who work and manage others in remote team environments. Whether you’re new to a virtual team or a veteran in remote work, the coursework incorporates the latest technologies and strategies to promote collaboration and success as you pursue individual and team-based goals. Working with Kelley faculty and your peers, you will design work processes and share feedback.

People who earn the online leadership certificate will:

  • Recognize and overcome the unique challenges of virtual collaboration, communication, and conflict management in virtual teams
  • Identify the individual-level challenges of working remotely and gain insights on strategies to overcome these challenges
  • Learn about the adoption and use of technologies and communication channels in virtual work and collaboration
  • Use the concepts of group development and shared understanding to design a project work plan to meet project objectives, as well as the needs of team members with different goals
  • Design work processes to enable creativity, the generation of ideas and alternatives, and to promote effective team decision-making
  • Understand the range and capabilities of the variety of tools available to support collaboration in virtual teams through an applied, case-based approach
  • Have a capstone experience to learn and apply best practices in the use of web conferencing, collaboration, file management, and project management tools

Succeeding in Virtual Teams & Work Online Certificate: Key Takeaways

Is this online virtual leadership certificate right for you?

This certificate program is for people who work and manage others in remote team environments. Whether you’re new to a virtual team or a veteran in remote work, the coursework incorporates the latest technologies and strategies to promote collaboration and success as you pursue individual and team-based goals. Working with Kelley faculty and your peers, you will design work processes and share feedback.

People who earn the online leadership certificate will:

  • Recognize and overcome the unique challenges of virtual collaboration, communication, and conflict management in virtual teams
  • Identify the individual-level challenges of working remotely and gain insights on strategies to overcome these challenges
  • Learn about the adoption and use of technologies and communication channels in virtual work and collaboration
  • Use the concepts of group development and shared understanding to design a project work plan to meet project objectives, as well as the needs of team members with different goals
  • Design work processes to enable creativity, the generation of ideas and alternatives, and to promote effective team decision-making
  • Understand the range and capabilities of the variety of tools available to support collaboration in virtual teams through an applied, case-based approach
  • Have a capstone experience to learn and apply best practices in the use of web conferencing, collaboration, file management, and project management tools

Succeeding in Virtual Teams & Work: Curriculum

The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative online programs. This 12-week program is delivered by full-time faculty members from the No. 1–ranked Kelley Online MBA Program as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

This certificate will require three to four hours of work per week, including a virtual live session. These synchronous sessions will include discussions and group exercises. In addition to live sessions that allow for real-time interaction with peers and faculty, there will also be discussion forums for information gathering and sharing. One-on-one time with faculty will also be facilitated on a case-by-case basis.

The curriculum is divided into four three-week courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks. Register for all four courses at once to earn your certificate or take individual courses as your schedule allows and complete all courses within two years to earn your certificate.

Unique challenges and opportunities for virtual teams. Why do teams struggle to transition to a virtual environment? What special considerations must managers expect and overcome when leading a virtual environment?

Keys to effective interaction in a virtual environment. How do virtual teams establish rules and expectations that lead to high performance? What are the unique group dynamics in a virtual team that enhance productivity?

Managing virtual team communication and conflict. What’s the right and wrong type of conflict? How do you augment traditional conflict management strategies to operate in virtual environments?

Work-from-home, telecommuting, remote works, and virtual teams are increasingly becoming norms in many organizations for a variety of reasons. Employees need to prepare themselves to excel in these changing work conditions that are strikingly different from a traditional face-to-face work environment. They need to master not only technologies, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Jive, and Yammer, but also be effective in how they communicate through these technologies.

Research has shown that some employees feel lonely, left out, and less engaged working remotely, leading to low job satisfaction and performance, while others shine and perform better when working from home. This course will help you find an answer to this paradox—why some employees thrive in the virtual world while others find it challenging.

Leading virtual teams is both similar to and different from leading teams which work primarily face-to-face, because technology enables new ways of working. This course will describe principles and actionable advice for designing how virtual teams work to accomplish goals. It explains techniques for the two primary activities that teams perform: 1) creativity and generation, 2) making choices.

There are myriad tools and associated techniques that can be used in support of virtual teams. These include web conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and WebEx; file management tools such as Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive; collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, Google Docs, and Slack; and project management tools such as Jira, Basecamp, and Asana.

Often, how these tools are used is as important as the tools themselves. We will take an applied, case-based approach to understanding the effective use of these tools in a workplace setting. Participants will be able to apply the key learnings from prior modules to arrive at best practices for their contexts.

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Earnest OBoyle
Ernest H. O’Boyle
Hillol Bala
Alan Dennis
Ramesh Venkataraman

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