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  • 1. Best Practices for Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education and Virtual TeamworkSadan Kulturel-Konak Abdullah Konak sadan@psu.edu konak@psu.edu Penn State Berks S
  • 2. Penn State BerksS 54-year-old campus in the system ofS 159-year-old universityS 2,800 undergraduate studentsS 15 four-year programs andS The first two year of 160 Penn State programsS Mascot: The Nittany Lion
  • 3. Virtual TeamsS A virtual team works across time, distance, culture and organizational boundariesS The majority of the communication occurs online through computer-mediated systemsS A team of geographically distributed students working on a class project
  • 4. Why Are Virtual Teams Important?S Global economyS Corporations may work 24-hour shifts
  • 5. For Our StudentsS Broadening their horizonsS Preparing them for the global business worldS Exposing them to different cultures and beliefs
  • 6. Virtual Team ProjectsS The US-Turkey-> Variations of Product Innovations in both culturesS The US-the Netherlands-Turkey-> Designing and evaluating the Groupware softwareS The US-the US-> Defining technology based solutions for a company’s communication problemsS The US-Kenya-> Electronic waste initiative
  • 7. ChallengesS Lack of face-to-face interactionsS Different time zonesS Cultural differences reflected in communicationS Building trust
  • 8. Assignments Remedying the ChallengesS Memorandum of UnderstandingS ContractS Mandatory weekly meetingsS Choosing the project team structure
  • 9. Blindfold Activity
  • 10. Course and ProgramDevelopment Grant by the NCIIA S Internationalizing the Entrepreneurship Education at Penn State Berks S the students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to build technology-based sustainable solutions to solve communities’ problems in Kenya S the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC)
  • 11. Visit to Kenya in Summer 2011 Jambo!bo! There are always obstacles, but don’t let them stop you!
  • 12. Earrings
  • 13. Hard Drive Table Clock
  • 14. OpportunitiesS Milking the Rhino S Most Innovative SolutionS Local Competitions S Greater Chamber of Reading- Keystone Innovation Zone- Business Idea Challenge S New Student Enterprise AwardS Bringing the project back to the US
  • 15. Lessons LearnedS Time difference makes communication between subteams difficultS Schedule conflicts make meeting outside of class difficultS Internet problemsS Trust and Respect are important in teamworkS Majority of the teams are more comfortable with the Decentralized Leadership configuration
  • 16. QuestionsS sadan@psu.eduS konak@psu.edu