Presentation on theme: "HANSA NOVA: Managing a multicultural workforce in the Baltic Sea Region Co-financed by:"— Presentation transcript:
1 HANSA NOVA: Managing a multicultural workforce in the Baltic Sea Region Co-financed by:
2 RationaleThe countries in the Baltic Sea Region are clearly dependent on the economic and social relations between themOf all the Baltic States´ foreign trade, more than half takes place with other countries that surround the Baltic SeaCooperation in the region growsThe companies in the region increasingly need to work with a multicultural workforce, either on a permanent basis or in shorter-term projects
3 Aims of the HANSA NOVA network 1. to increase the knowledge of cultural differences in business organizations in the Baltic Sea Region2. to develop and deliver a European Module supporting multicultural management with modern ICT-tools in the Region.In the first phase of the product, materials for the Module will be developed. The development takes place in Communities of Practice where HEIs and companies interact. Supervised students’ research on ICT-based multicultural projects is an important part of the development work.In the second phase, the Module will be implemented in HEIs’ degree programmes. The Module will be delivered both in classrooms and on-line (blended learning) by the HANSA NOVA
4 Network structureThe HANSA NOVA network consists of local and regional expertise in the Nordic and Baltic countries and in Northwest Russia. Higher educational institutions (HEIs) and companies interact in dynamic Communities of PracticeEach network partner contributes with his/her expertise in business culture and management and shares this knowledge with the other network members.For the participating institutions, the network provides a clear knowledge and resource advantage compared to each institution developing multicultural courses individually
5 HANSA NOVA network’s founding members: Higher Education InstitutionsDenmark: Tietgen Business College, OdenseEstonia: Tartu University, Tallinn Technical UniversityFinland: Arcada – a University of Applied Sciences , HelsinkiLithuania: Vilnius University and Vilnius College in Higher EducationNorway: Buskerud University College, HönefossRussia: St. Petersburg State University and St. Petersburg Polytechnic InstituteTrade UnionTradenomiliitto TRAL, Finland (association for business graduates)
6 Different roles of participating companies Provide practical input in different forms:Give presentations at network’s seminarsReceive students/researchers for interviewsProvide feed-back on students’ and researchers workComment on the final Module’s content and suitability for companiesDisseminate information about Hansa Nova in own organisation and networks
7 Time-table for project activities (2006) 5 – 7 October Introductory seminar in Helsinki. Representatives of HEIs, companies, and NGOs will participate. The programme will include topics such as business culture, multicultural management, and leadership of international projects. Workshops are conducted on the use of ICTs in international projects.October – December Lectures in management of multicultural workshops in home institutions. Students research the actual situation in their country and collect material for writing cases
8 Time-table (spring 2007)January Mid-term reporting using ICTs, such as learning management systems (e.g. WebCt) and video-conferences. Mid-term reports will be written by students of the HEIs and made available for network members.February - March Work will continue in the home institutions and cases finalised.26 – 28 April Summarizing seminar (place to be decided) (3 days) Results of the case studies will be presented. Plans for the further activities of the network will be made.May – June Writing of handbook (in electronic and paper form) summarizing the knowledge gathered and developed. The handbook will contain reflections about theory, practical experience, cases, and learning material for the use of ICTs in international projects.
9 Time-table academic year 2007-2008 Course materials will be tested and evaluated (Sept – Oct 2007)Module integrated in HEIs programmes(Nov 2007 – April 2008) and total evaluation of project’s activitiesConcluding seminar (May 2008)Final reporting (August-Sept 2008)
10 DisseminationThe network will disseminate its results through a variety of channels, e.g.project’s web-siteseminars arranged by the HEIs and NGOsthrough participating companies’ networksthrough HEIs national and international networksInternational business education organisations web-sites (such as SPACE, EDEN, ISBE)
11 EvaluationIn the project, both processes and products will be evaluated.1. Processes will be followed by the management team, on the basis of monthly reporting from each participating HEI. In addition, on-line questionnaires will be used for process evaluation that can be accessed by all network members. The following process evaluation areas are under consideration and will be decided upon during the introductory seminar:- overall success in relation to the listed aims of the network- partner involvement and co-operation- pedagogical, organisational and technological factors- students’ actual learning vs. planned learning outcomes- dissemination activities2. Products will be evaluated by the external evaluator. The external evaluator will be assisted by personnel in the participating HEI especially during editing and production of material and testing of the Module. The external evaluator will suggest research instrument for evaluation of the products, and is also responsible for analysing the material gathered. The results of the evaluation of both processes and products will be sent to the network participants and to network’s stakeholders.
12 On-going cooperationThe network is established to correspond to the management knowledge needed in the Baltic Sea region. Members join the network with a long-term approach to cooperation and knowledge sharing.The material developed by the network will be updated on an on-going basis and distributed to the network actorsAfter the first year of activities, the network participants will jointly decide about the specific programme for the following academic year.
13 Responsible co-ordinator Ms. Eija KällströmAssistant Head of Department of Business, Media,and TechnologyArcada – a University of Applied SciencesJan-Magnus Janssons plats 1FI Helsinki, FinlandTel 207 699 528Fax 207 699 644
14 This project has been carried out with the support of the European Community and in the framework of the Nordplus and SOCRATES programmes. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of Nordplus or the European Community, nor does it involve any responsibility on the part of Nordplus or the European Community.