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Hours to complete

Approx. 8 hours to complete

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Available languages

English

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Skills you will gain

Team BuildingCultural LearningLeadershipOrganizational Culture
Specialization
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Beginner Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
20 minutes to complete

Course Overview

Behind the success and failure of teams lies team culture. But what exactly is culture? How and why does it contribute to success and failure? In this course, you learn how to recognize aspects of team culture of which most people are typically unaware. It is often these seemingly unimportant aspects that have the greatest effect on the outcomes of group tasks. Your recognition of them enables you to form, join and lead teams more effectively. You also come to appreciate the role of ritual and symbols in the daily operation of teams, as well as in situations of change and crisis. Knowledge of the ideas and information in this class enables you to be a better team player and a more effective team leader....
Reading
2 readings
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
Meet Dr. Greg Urban10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Why Culture Matters in Organizations

In this unit, we will begin by defining the "team" and then proceed to explore what enables teams to function, the role that culture plays in every team, and how "habitus" and "cultural fit" could affect our performance in specific teams. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
1.2 What are Teams?5m
1.3 A Closer Look at Culture4m
1.4 Culture as Cultivation6m
1.5 Being Unaware of Culture4m
1.6 Expectations and Realities3m
1.7 The Little Cultural Things that Matter6m
1.8 Culture Shock5m
1.9 Habitus4m
1.10 Characteristic Ways of Speaking within the Team5m
1.11 What We Say Versus What We Do5m
1.12 Hiring and Cultural Fit4m
1.13 High Culture5m
Reading2 readings
Shakespeare in the Bush by Laura Bohannan10m
Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Why Culture Matters in Organizations20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Crossing Cultural Boundaries

Sometimes we must take a step back and view cultural differences from perspectives different from what we're used to. Cultural boundaries exist everywhere. Differences can be found within one culture as well. Have you ever considered that a smile isn't just a simple natural response? In this unit we delve deeper into culture and the differences amongst various cultures, including corporate culture. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
2.2 Why Police Boundaries4m
2.3 Culture in Motion4m
2.4 Golden Arches East4m
2.5 The Art of Smiling5m
2.6 The Right to Fire4m
2.7 The Law of Jante5m
2.8 Cultural Relativity and Ethnocentrism4m
2.9 Avoid Stereotyping5m
2.10 A Checklist of Little Differences for Business4m
2.11 Gestures as Boundary Marker4m
2.12 Corporate Personhood4m
Reading2 readings
Crossing Cultural Boundaries10m
Cultural Relativity & Moral Judgments10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Corporations in Culture20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Team Rituals and Symbols

Rituals and symbols can be found in every team. They can evoke affect, or feeling, as you will see. Speech, or stories have symbolic meaning too and can do wonders to motivate a group of individuals. In this unit we will examine a number of rituals and symbols, as they exist in their various forms, and discover the way in which they are utilized in teams. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 61 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
3.2 Team Mascots5m
3.3 The Concept of the Symbol4m
3.4 Transference of Affective Quality4m
3.5 The Motivational Video4m
3.6 People as Symbols4m
3.7 The Pragmatics of Motivational Speech6m
3.8 Symbolic Meaning of Stories4m
3.9 Instrumental Symbols: The Gavel5m
3.10 Individual and Collective Rituals5m
3.11 Types of Rituals in Business5m
3.12 Initiation, Enhancement, and Group Worship6m
Reading2 readings
Symbols10m
Rituals & Culture10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Rituals & Symbols in Organizational Culture20m
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Top Reviews

By LMJun 9th 2018

It was so good! Good information regarding team culture, how you can create and how it affects your daily work- / personal life. A good teacher aswell! :)

By JNMay 13th 2018

Very illustrative with excellent examples. The teacher connects anthropological concepts to common situations in business teams and business decisions.

Instructor

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Greg Urban, Ph.D.

Professor
Anthropology

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Culture-Driven Team Building Specialization

Master the strategies and tools that enable you to form, join and lead teams more effectively. In this five-course specialization, you learn how to: · Recognize aspects of team culture · Draw out the collective wisdom of diverse teams · Handle conflict · Establish common ground rules · Maximize team performance · Create a team culture of continuous learning The program culminates in a capstone project in which you apply the skills you learned. You observe, diagnose and make recommendations to solve a team culture problem in a real-world case provided by N2Growth, a global consultancy focused on cultural transformation and leadership development....
Culture-Driven Team Building

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