The workshop will provide students with an overview of existing theoretical concepts and practical tools for dealing with challenges related to virtual teamwork. The workshop consists of short on-site (or hybrid) meetings followed by individual and team-based assignments. The contact meetings will be very practical, composed of different activities and discussions to develop learners’ strategic toolbox for managing and working effectively in virtual teams. Students will form virtual (or hybrid) teams during individual assignments. Within these teams, students will solve different virtual team-related problems while at the same time analyzing their team's and their own performance from different perspectives (communication, motivation, goals, roles, management, etc.). The workshop is learner-centered, giving students the freedom to develop their ways of thinking about the topic and increasing the responsibility for their learning outcomes.
Lecturer's short biography
Katija Vojvodić is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. She received her PhD in international business from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business. She has participated in both national and various European projects funded under Erasmus+, European Social Fund, European Regional Development and other programmes dealing with various topics, such as virtual business skills, soft skills, digital entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial self-leadership, etc. She has been a guest lecturer at higher education institutions worldwide in the framework of Erasmus+, CEEPUS and other mobility programmes. She has been a member of the Accreditation Council of the Agency for Science and Higher Education.
As a part of her doctoral research, Sirja Sulakatko has mapped best practices for managing virtual teams and competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values) needed from virtual team members. She has facilitated several seminars and trainings intending to develop learners' virtual teamworking competencies. She has worked as a university lecturer on all levels (from BA to executive MBA), and her courses got maximum student feedback. She is leading an Estonian non-profit organization called Smartwork, which aims to inspire and support organizations in adopting new ways of working. Through Smartwork, she has consulted many private and public organizations on the topics related to flexible ways of working. Sirja has an MBA in Business Innovation, and integrates all the knowledge and tools gained into the courses she teaches. On top of theoretical knowledge, she has tested various tools and methods for virtual collaboration as she has more than ten years of remote working experience.