Course Description :

This course is designed to acquaint students with issues relating to working on globally distributed projects in the increasingly global design and construction industry. Even solely domestically operating design and construction firms are facing global issues as increasing competition is bringing global competitors into domestic markets. Design and construction projects are dynamic and uncertain, requiring considerable coordination and communication to execute. Yet, coordination and communication become increasingly difficult in a global virtual project environment. In this course we will examine the theory and practice of working in globally distributed teams to understand and address the challenges of coordination and communication. Theory will be presented in a unique global lecture series involving professors from several participating universities around the world. We will discuss the practice of working globally through case study discussions and through a semester-length virtual collaboration team project which students will complete together with students from a collaborating university. In the semester project, students will experience first-hand the challenges posed by geographically distributed work.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Students will develop skills to communicate and coordinate effectively in global virtual design and construction projects.
  • Students will be exposed to a variety of practical issues relationg to working globally and across cultures in assigned case studies.
  • Students will develop a theoretical understanding of global scale project corrdination and communication issues.
  • Students will experience working in a geographically distributed virtual team executing a complex design task and will reflect on those experiences by coupling theoretical understandings developed in the course.
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