Team Based Innovation (7.5 ECTS)

A key need of the globalizing industry is to become more effective in globally distributed product development, and innovation, which means that cost and time should be cut, while still meeting quality demands on an increasingly competitive market and have innovation capability.

A key need of the globalizing industry is to become more effective in globally distributed product development, which means that cost and time should be cut, while still meeting quality demands on an increasingly competitive market. Companies need to increase their level of competition through the use of a wide array of resources, such as production plants, consultants and educators, made accessible from any part of the world. However, while globalization means that costs and risks can be decreased, it also implies that changes in traditional organizational structures are necessary. Presently, there is a growing interest in creating global virtual teams, in which collaboration proceeds across time zones as well as across geographical, cultural and functional borders. Work in such teams places demands on both physical and virtual environments that support these geographically dispersed groups with regard to collaboration, communication and coordination. With longer distances between people, many of them with different responsibilities and activities within an organization, the members of the organization need to communicate efficiently despite the challenges that come with collaborating in a geographically distributed work environment