About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Recognize aspects of team culture to maximize team performance.

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    Draw out the collective wisdom of diverse teams and create a team culture of continuous learning.

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    Handle conflict.

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    Establish common ground rules.

Skills you will gain

Team dynamicsTeam BuildingCollaborationIntercultural CommunicationOrganizational Anthropology
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

This course is appropriate for all learners.

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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Hands-on Project

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

The Power of Team Culture

4.5
119 ratings
37 reviews
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....
Course2

Building High-Performing Teams

4.7
63 ratings
9 reviews
Teams are essential to the modern organization, but most never reach their potential. Co-workers miscommunicate, and groups struggle to adapt to changes in the market or their organizations. When teams lack self-awareness about these challenges, performance suffers. Based on years of team culture research and consulting experience, this course helps you understand the problems that hurt productivity, and gives you tools for creating positive change. This course also guides you through creating the ground rules and structure needed to set your team up for success. You gain the skills to diagnose issues such as conflicts, groupthink and lack of commitment in your team before they get out of control. The course offers frameworks to adjust team behaviors and get the best performance out of your people. You also understand frequent stumbling blocks for common team types, such as startups and virtual teams, and learn solutions tailored to each one....
Course3

Optimizing Diversity on Teams

4.0
33 ratings
5 reviews
By drawing on social science perspectives, this course enables you to learn what diversity is, and how to use it to maximize team performance, innovation and creativity. You also learn how to draw out the collective wisdom of diverse teams, handle conflict and establish common ground rules through real-world cases and peer-to-peer discussions. In addition, you discover how to overcome common biases faced in diverse teams. Systems of power, reward and rhetoric are discussed to help you create prosperous teams where differences flourish....
Course4

Creating a Team Culture of Continuous Learning

4.4
48 ratings
10 reviews
There is mounting concern that organizational groups and teams often fail to learn from their past experiences. It’s pertinent to address this issue as groups and teams are often the main ways that work gets done in organizations. In this course, we examine the main reasons that groups and teams are often ineffective, which include: • The lack of organizational structures and support for teams and groups • The lack of understanding and emphasis on learning • Misaligned reward structures So, what can be done to create an enabling learning culture in teams? This course emphasizes practical and impactful ways to begin to address this state of affairs. Through the use of stories, scenarios with actors simulating different team issues, examples and dialogue, you learn how to: • Understand teams in their larger organizational context • Diagnose the learning strengths and barriers to learning on teams • Identify ways to develop a team and group that continually learns and impacts the larger organization positively • Create an organizational environment that encourages learning and innovation...

Instructors

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Ramya Kumar, MSOD, PGDHRM, SHRM-SCP

Senior Consultant - Organizational Learning, Development & Change
Organizational Dynamics
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Derek Newberry, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Organizational Dynamics
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Greg Urban, Ph.D.

Professor
Anthropology
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Dr. Aviva Legatt

Affiliated Faculty
Organizational Dynamics
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Alan Barstow, Ph.D.

Director and Senior Scholar
Organizational Dynamics
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Amrita V. Subramanian

Executive Coach & Senior Consultant, Doctoral candidate (Ph.D. 2019)
Organizational Dynamics
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Dana Kaminstein, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty
Organizational Dynamics

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. ...

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • This specialization consists of four courses plus a capstone project. The courses are each four weeks in length and the length the capstone project will depend upon your own ability and schedule for completing the project.

  • No prerequisites are required

  • It is recommended that you take the course in the order listed, but this is not required.

  • Upon completion of this specialization, you will be able to more effectively form, join, and lead teams. In four courses, you will learn how to recognize aspects of team culture, how to draw out the collective wisdom of diverse teams, handle conflict, establish common ground rules, maximize team performance and a create a team culture of continuous learning.

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