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LS1001 Working in Virtual Teams: Global Competence for International Professionals 2.0 credits

Global Virtual Teams is an increasingly common way of working, with its own unique challenges. This course will help you understand and navigate these, strengthen your global skills and prepare you to succeed in a global landscape of virtual teamwork.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

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P1 (2.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

30 - 50

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students


Nathalie Kirchmeyer (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1001 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course explores, and lets participants discuss their own experiences of, key areas for social interaction in global virtual team environments, for example teambuilding, negotiation of roles and deadlines, asynchronous and synchronous communication, navigation in different time zones and legal standards, feedback and criticism, and use and consequences of technology in and for team communication.

Theories and models are introduced to help students better understand common sources of, and discuss possible solutions to, problems in virtual international team environments, with a focus on communication as an aspect of global competence and technological tools for teamwork.

Group work

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the global competence needed for efficient communication in global virtual team environments. After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Give an account of key properties of global virtual teams and their potential advantages and challenges
  2. Connect core dimensions of global competence  (knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical awareness) to virtual teamwork contexts
  3. Discuss consequences and challenges connected to the role of English as a lingua franca in global virtual team environments
  4. Give an account of pragmatic strategies for working appropriately and efficiently in a global virtual team, and for preventing or solving misunderstandings and communication problems

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Minimum 60 credits from higher education.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Detailed grading criteria and assignments can be found in the course memo (kurs-PM)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

First cycle

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Nathalie Kirchmeyer (

Additional regulations

  • In group projects, all members are responsible for group's work.
  • At examinations, each student should honestly report any help that has been received and sources that have been used.
  • At oral examinations, each student should be able to give an account of the whole assignment and the whole solution.