Global Network Courses: Building a Toolkit for Global Teams

When Mayank Gupta, Indian Institute of Management ’15, registered for Analysis of Competition Law, he expected to gain a deeper understanding of how regulations and laws can impact a multinational business. What he didn’t expect—but what was an equally valuable takeaway from Yale School of Management’s online Global Network Course—was the benefit that came from working alongside peers on a virtual global team.

Gupta says that the skills he built by collaborating with others in the course, taught in the small network online course (SNOC) format, paid off immediately in his career.

“I work with Motorola, and the company has a diverse set of individuals from various countries,” says Gupta. “Courses like this—where you learn with a global team and do projects and assignments with them—help you to understand cultures and problems facing businesses better. It makes you more culturally sensitive.”

A workshop hosted by Yale SOM from July 13 to 15 will bring together faculty from more than 14 Global Network schools interested in hosting new SNOCs. Sessions include presentations by speakers on how to integrate Global Network Cases into coursework and a primer on course design, using Yale’s Natural Capital course as a case study.

Global Network Courses launched in 2013 with two offerings: Analysis of Competition Law and Mobile Banking Opportunities Across Countries. The initiative has expanded to include seven options offered by Yale SOM, IIMB, London School of Economics, EGADE, and the Technion, with three (Inclusive Business Models, Mobile Banking Across Countries, and New Product Development) of the seven being offered in the second half of 2015 and more scheduled for 2016.

The growth of these classes means that more Global Network students, like Gupta and Clyde Rong of Renmin University of China School of Business, will graduate with hands-on experience working in virtual global teams. Rong, who works for a French luxury brand in Shanghai, says that his SNOC experience in the Inclusive Business Models course proved invaluable.

He says, “Just by being in that classroom, I was already doing way more international and intercultural communication than I ever had before.”