Spring 2018

Virtual Collaboration

Spring 2014
Course Number: 
DYNM 640 001
Tuesday 6:30pm-9:30pm


Primary Program: 
Organizational Dynamics
Secondary Program: 
Online Courses
Course Description: 

This course is coded GL, LM, PR, P3, A.

NOTE: In order to participate in this online course, this course requires: Adobe Connect, Canvas (www.sas.upenn.edu/onlinelearning/system-requirements), and a webcam. Please see the syllabus for additional 3D software requirements.

Across the globe, companies, both large and small, are increasingly conducting culturally complex work though technology channels and virtual personnel transfers, making multicultural organization and virtual work inextricably intertwined. In this context, electronically mediated collaboration and communications capabilities across time, distance, organization, culture and other knowledge boundaries have become necessary for the everyday work of telecommuters, virtual teams, remote managers, professional knowledge communities, and electronic marketplaces. This course is primarily intended for students with an interest in globally distributed work and collaborative virtual organizations. The purpose of this elective is to enhance student understandings of virtual forms of human collaboration and to develop student abilities to work jointly with others via electronic tools. This course design makes typical social patterns encountered in virtual organizations visible so that students can learn from participating and collectively reflecting on their course experiences.