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Creating collaborative cultures

Associate teachers


ECTS credits


Number of hours: Lectures + Seminars + Exercises

15 / 30 / 0

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to empower students to create and cultivate a collaborative culture during study and at the workplace. In such a culture, key stakeholders work together in high performing teams and working groups by implementing collaboration protocols for problem solving, inquiry-based learning and knowledge organisation.

Students will learn to lead a coaching conversation as a communication pattern that underpins leadership growth. They will learn about different leadership styles, group co-workers in teams and implement protocols for facilitating meetings, generating ideas, innovative thinking, succession planning and establishing partnerships. The students will learn to recognize, evaluate and utilize intellectual capital of individuals, working groups and entire organizations, from case studies and field work. The students will engage in learning activities that welcome diversity and encourage inclusion and involvement of all stakeholders to increase collective leadership capacity of an organization.

Enrolment requirements and/or entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes at the level of the programme to which the course contributes

  • Initiate and sustain innovation activities in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Communicate effectively in the business environment and in broader public contexts.
  • Build communication channels and enable the flow of innovative ideas towards professionals employed in related scientific disciplines and industry.
  • Plan and track personal professional growth.

Course content (syllabus)

  • Collaborative cultures intro. Building relationships.
  • Collaboration as leadership. Building relationships continued.
  • Leadership styles and team roles. Forming interdisciplinary teams and working groups.
  • Individual knowledge and skills for high performing interdisciplinary teams. Encouraging individual and group innovation. Cultivating innovation.
  • Collaborative learning and knowledge acquisition.
  • Communication skills and peer coaching. Collegial dialogue.
  • Giving and receiving feedback. Reflection.
  • Intellectual capital and organizational leadership capacity. Creating institutional memory. Succession planning.
  • Communication channels. Collaborative online platforms for hybrid group work support.
  • Collaboration protocols for planning. Collaborative decision making and building consensus.
  • Collaboration protocols for challenging situations. Leveraging conflict. Courageous conversations.
  • Empowering enthusiasts as autonomous motivation boosters.
  • Pitching and growing allies. Welcoming change. Building trust and risk taking.
  • Establishing partnerships.
  • Course reflection.

Student responsibilities

Project, seminar, per review, research, practicum, oral exam.

Required literature

  • Michael Prilla, Viktoria Pammer, Silke Balzert: The Push and Pull of Reflection in Workplace Learning: Designing to Support Transitions between Individual, Collaborative and Organisational Learning. 21st Century Learning for 21st Century Skills, 2012, Volume 7563, Springer, ISBN : 978-3-642-33262-3
  • Mahendra Adhi Nugroho: The effects of collaborative cultures and knowledge sharing on organizational learning. Journal of Organizational Change Management, ISSN: 0953-4814, September 2018
  • Barbara Kohm and Beverly Nance: Leading Professional Learning: Creating Collaborative CulturesReading 3: pp 1-9
  • Daniel Golman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee: Primal Leadership. Realizing the power of emotional intelligence. Harvard Business School Press. USA, 2002
  • By Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, Sharon Thomas: The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice. Instructional coaching group. USA, 2019

Optional literature

  • Somnath Sinha, Deborah L. Hanuscin: Development of teacher leadership identity: A multiple case study Teaching and Teacher Education. Elsevier, 2017
  • Brene Brown: Daring greatly. How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Penguin Books. USA, 2012
  • Elena Aguilar: The Art of Coaching Teams. Building Resilient Communities. Jossey-Bass. USA, 2016