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Research Seminar "Managerial and Soft Skills Development"

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 4 module


Холоднова Юлия Сергеевна

Course Syllabus


The seminar is devoted to the development of managerial and soft skills as team-building and team-working, cross-cultural communications, and time-management. On completing the course, the stydents will be able to work in international teams, capture synergies from team work, manage effectively their time, overcome procrastination and present themselves and results of their research in a timely and persuasive manner. They also will be able to take ethical decisions in multicultural environment and to resolve conflicts within their teams
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To develop managerial and soft skills of master students that help them to work in international teams and to increase their organisational and personal efficiency
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To learn how to improve efficiency of intercultural communication and team work.
  • To demonstrate skills of working in teams
  • To increase personal efficiency
  • To acquire main skills necessary for building efficient teams.
  • To learn how to improve efficiency of intercultural communication and team work
  • To acquire main skills in managing your time and organization
  • To be able to complete the research timely
  • To demonstrate profound presentation and self-presentation skills
  • To take ethical approach to work in international and multicultural teams
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Relations between a person and a group
    Social norm, social facilitation and social loafing, attribution error.
  • Effective teams
    different views on teams, roles and their perception, development stages (Tuckman and Shutz models), main characteristics of efficient teams. Team as a system. The team and the leader
  • Manager and a team
    self-realizing prophecy, role of a manager in building efficient teams. Management errors.
  • Time management
    how to fight procrastination, how to define efficient goals, how to get organized and manage your time
  • Intercultural communication and teams
    ethnocentrism and ethnorelativity, cultural dimensions, self and projected stereotypes, intercultural communication, MBI model to build efficient intercultural teams
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
    All students present have a "present" of 5 points  All useful participation brings additional points  if you miss a session or behave in an inappropriate way, you loose points.
  • non-blocking Group home assignment - group video with public discussion focused on a special area of finance
  • non-blocking In-class Participation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * Group home assignment - group video with public discussion focused on a special area of finance + 0.5 * In-class participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2017). Organizational Behavior, Global Edition (Vol. 17 edition, Global edition Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge). Harlow: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1419688
  • Teresa Debacker Roedel, Gregory Schraw, & Barbara S. Plake. (2016). Validation of a Measure of Learning and Performance Goal Orientations. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B4FFC5A9

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Alexandra IOANID, Carmen-Laura ZARZU, & Cezar SCARLAT. (2014). Communicating Successfully When Managing Multicultural Teams. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.32089C79
  • Complex approach on multicultural teams management & leadership. (2019). https://doi.org/10.2478/jesr-2019-0008
  • Dan Kiage. (2018). Leading and managing a team. Community Eye Health Journal, (102), 52. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.b1aee5734f044158552973790eaab0a
  • Joan H. Johnston, Henry L. Phillips, Laura M. Milham, Dawn L. Riddle, Lisa N. Townsend, Arwen H. DeCostanza, … Sean M. Fitzhugh. (2019). A Team Training Field Research Study: Extending a Theory of Team Development. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01480
  • Raluca ZOLTAN, & Romulus VANCEA. (2016). Work Group Development Models – the Evolution from Simple Group to Effective Team. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.284515C7
  • Steel, P. (2015). Procrastination at its Best. TIP: The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 52(4), 107–109. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=102055645
  • Sutharshini, B., Thevanes, N., & Arulrajah, A. A. (2019). Effective Time Management as a Tool for Individual and Organizational Performance in Financial Institutions. IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18(2), 25–41. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=136529727
  • Tourangbam, D. K. (2011). Time Management. New Delhi: Vij Books India Private Limited. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=683346
  • Transformational leadership, organizational climate and job satisfaction in work teams. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D260EFA0