“Collaboration at Scale: Leading Coalitions” is about leading large-scale coalitions. This course analyzes the complexity of large-scale collaborative efforts, and evaluates how to design and lead them effectively. Course materials include the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Using a balance of practice and theory of networks and large system facilitation, students will demonstrate their mastery by diagnosing and (re)designing a collaboration at scale. This coalition could be in the business, scientific, religious, political, or humanitarian domains.
Scalability allows for expansion within organizations. Skill in leading large-scale collaborative efforts is critical in today's environment of change. Especially challenging is leading a coalition of rival entities such as buyer and seller, sellers and sellers, or different political parties.
Leading boundary-spanning coalitions is essential in an interconnected 21st century. Course materials include the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Using a balance of practice and theory of networks and large system facilitation, students will demonstrate their mastery by diagnosing and (re)designing a collaboration at scale.
Collaborating or working together with colleagues can be challenging. Conflict is even more likely among coalitions consisting of rivals. Building relationships and loving enemies, while fraught with difficulties, is biblical.
Coalitions consist of individuals (often with their own self-interests in mind) working with others in joint action to fulfill a common cause. Aligning coalitions to work under God's plan and his mission in this world will result in true transformation.
Students will diagnose and (re)design a collaboration at scale specific to their own domain's context, such as business, religion, politics, or nonprofit.
Individualistic and separatist cultures make working together challenging, if not almost impossible. Students will analyze ways in which cultural differences can impact leading a coalition, and identify ways to minimize the differences and maximize multi-cultural understanding.
Students will work together to create and lead a coalition that has the potential to meet an identified personal need.
Students will engage in collaboration at scale through activities, group projects, networking events, and creation of resources related to leading coalitions.