The AUM MBA uses a team-based learning approach to create a highly supportive and collaborative learning experience. Learning Teams are formed at the beginning of each module and comprise 3 to 5 members, with an emphasis on diversity of backgrounds.
Team members work together on assignments and projects, and teams function just as they would in the workplace, building – and enhancing – the skills and experience of each team member. This approach provides valuable opportunities for each participant to develop leadership skills during his program studies. Furthermore, it provides students the opportunity to learn not only from their professors, but also from their teammates and classmates.
A cohort experience built upon shared learning experiences and teamwork between AUM MBA students of different backgrounds plays an essential role in promoting an understanding of management challenges and the development of managerial skills. The cohort structure also provides the architecture for achieving a higher degree of integration among functional disciplines as we move into the future.
AUM MBA Teams Management Policy
Group work is not always easy; team members sometimes cannot prepare for or attend group sessions because of other responsibilities, and conﬂicts often result from differing skill levels and work ethics.
The benefits when teams work and communicate well compensate for the difﬁculties. One way to improve the chances of a team working well is to agree beforehand on what everyone on the team expects from everyone else. Reaching this understanding is the goal of this Policy.
Towards achieving this goal each team prepares the Team Charter Agreement during team formation to formalize the guidelines on how they will operate. This Team Charter Agreement will not be graded or commented on.
- AUM MBA office will assign the groups in the first module. Subsequently, students may choose their teammates according to the criteria listed in the next section.
- Student groups are formed at the beginning of each module, however, AUM MBA students are strongly encouraged to change their teams at the beginning of each module in order to benefit from the diversity of experience.
- No student is allowed to submit an individual work for a group project.
- Groups will be composed of 3 to 5 students.
Criteria for Selecting Teammates
Each team needs to take the following criteria into account when forming a group:
- Team issues and work ethics: free riding, managing deadlines, doing the proper work, meetings, attendance, and regularity.
- Diversity: backgrounds, experiences, expectations, personalities, and coping with pressure.
- Group dynamics and workload: quality and quantity of work, workload management, and reliability of teammates.
- Behavior: attitudes, motivation, improvement, and self-assessment.
Responsibilities and Roles
The team will have a number of responsibilities during their work on cases, group assignments, and term projects. AUM MBA students have to:
- Designate a leader, recorder, monitor, and checker for each assignment. Rotate these roles for every assignment.
- Agree on a common meeting time and what each member should have done before the meeting (readings, taking the ﬁrst cut at some or all of the assigned work, etc.).
- Do the required individual preparation.
- Submit the assignment.
- Review returned assignment. Make sure everyone understands why points were lost and how to correct errors.
- Leader checks with other team members before the meeting to remind them of when and where they will meet and what they are supposed to do. Leader keeps everyone on task and makes sure everyone is involved by delegating responsibility to team members.
- Recorder prepares the ﬁnal solution to be turned in.
- Monitor checks to make sure everyone understands both the solution and the strategy used to get it.
- Checker double-checks the solution before it is handed in. Agree on the next meeting time and roles for the next assignment. Checker turns in the assignment, with the names of every team member who participated actively in completing it. If the checker anticipates a problem getting to class on time on the due date of the assignment, it is her/his responsibility to make sure someone turns it in.
Dealing with Non-Cooperative Team Members
- If a team member refuses to cooperate on an assignment, her/his name should not be included on the completed work.
- If the problem persists, the team should meet with the instructor so that the problem can be resolved, if possible.
- If the problem persists, the cooperating team members may notify the uncooperative member through a memo sent to the instructor in writing that she/he is in danger of being dismissed from the team on grounds of not being cooperative, sending a copy of the memo to the MBA office.
- If there is no subsequent improvement, they should notify the individual in writing and with agreement of the instructor that she/he is no longer member of the team. Dismissing a member from the Team will be in consultation and approval of the instructor.
- The dismissed student should meet with her/his instructor or MBA office to discuss available options and may petition the “dismissal” decision.
- AUM MBA students who are consistently doing all the work for their team may issue a warning memo to the other members of the team with a copy to the instructor that they will quit unless they start getting cooperation, and a second memo quitting the team if the cooperation is not forthcoming with approval of the instructor. In this case, the MBA office will judge the situation and its decision is final.
The purpose of the Peer Evaluation is to give credit to AUM MBA students (or team members) who did their share of the work or did extra work. Conversely, if any team member did not do her/his share of the work (for any reason) then the student should not get full credit for the group’s work. The evaluation will be conducted in full conﬁdence.