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Leading Global Virtual Teams

Learn to maximize the benefits of global virtual teams and mitigate the challenges posed by remote work

Accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of the workplace and work itself has profoundly changed, making remote work pertinent to virtually all industries and professionals. While working with virtual teams affords several benefits, including the opportunity to tap into a global pool of talent and leverage diverse experiences and perspectives, it comes with its own nuanced set of challenges.

Discover the dynamics of remote teams in the Leading Global Virtual Teams online program. Guided by the Yale School of Management’s Amy Wrzesniewski you’ll develop the skills to improve your team’s ability to work remotely and across geographies. This program features learnings from the well-loved MBA course, Global Virtual Teams, and provides practical knowledge and relatable tools to address the opportunities of global and virtual teams and mitigate the inevitable challenges they create. Leave the program with an actionable guide to the frameworks, standards, and guidelines that can assist you in this evolving form of leadership and ensure your teams are not only efficient and resilient but ready for the future of virtual work.

If you’re interested in this program for your broader team or organization, visit GetSmarter for Business or contact to discuss corporate options.

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This program really helped me get a deeper understanding of the human and cultural dimensions that need to be a higher priority as we move to a more dispersed way of working. Learning more about power dynamics and the role of team power in a global, virtual workspace has given me the leadership strategies to build stronger connections and purpose among my team members.

Clare Hobby

About the Program

What to Expect

  • Improve your team’s ability to work remotely and across time zones, cultures, and geographies
  • Implement effective team structures and processes that foster collaboration and engagement
  • Model a global virtual teamwork scenario and critically analyze the experience
  • Learn to maximize the benefits of global virtual teams and mitigate the challenges that remote work can pose
  • Develop a global perspective and a global network of like-minded professionals
  • Managers and leaders responsible for overseeing remote workers and teams
  • Individual contributors and aspiring managers working on a project with a virtual team
  • Human resource professionals accountable for employee well-being, engagement, and learning and development
  • Professionals in consulting services who increasingly need to take on remote work or interact with people from different cultures and time zones
  • Professionals eager to change career direction, address a new business need, improve current role performance, or equip themselves for future role growth

Modules are released on a weekly basis and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

  • Orientation module
  • Module 1: Designing teams and processes for virtual work
  • Module 2: Decision making in virtual contexts
  • Module 3: Collaboration across borders
  • Module 4: Power dynamics in global virtual teams
  • Module 5: Creating connection and working sustainably
  • Module 6: Working as a global virtual team

As I already work in a virtual environment, I was able to bring my existing mindset built from experience, compare it against the learnings from this course, and then formulate plans for how I can enhance multiple aspects of my methods and actions to build stronger teams, closer ties, and more meaningful interactions. Being able to more fully understand the actions I already take, why to take them, and how to improve them will be invaluable in my career.

Simon Fotheringham


Program Convener

Amy Wrzesniewski
Amy Wrzesniewski

Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Wrzesniewski's research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.

Registration Information

Program Details

Registration ends: September 10, 2024
Program starts with orientation: September 18, 2024

There are no prerequisites for this program. Register to get started. Our online program collaborator, GetSmarter, will welcome you and guide you through the steps to secure your place in the program.

A program fee reduction of 15% is available for those working in the nonprofit or government sectors; Yale University alumni; small groups of 3-6; and those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM or 2U/GetSmarter.*

*Discounts cannot be combined.

This program does not qualify for veteran financial aid or veterans benefits at this time.

Program Collaborator

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This program is presented entirely online in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model, which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online programs.

View the Leading Global Virtual Teams online program on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.