Strategic Transformation Challenges2018-10-29T09:46:17+00:00

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Strategic Transformation Challenges

UOC – Open University of Catalonia




Strategic Transformation Challenges

UOC – Open University of Catalonia

Summary

The faculty of Business & Economic Studies of the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) is looking for real-world challenges as part of their course’ syllabus. Master students in Business Administration will be working and collaborating virtually in teams of 3-6 during with challenge sponsores as part of their challenge-based learning experience.

Description

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC) is an Internet-centered open university based in Barcelona, Spain.

The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has support centres in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and the traditionally Catalan-speaking city of Alghero in Sardinia.

Objectives

In this company project the participating students complete a long process of maturation of knowledge and skills linked to the world of the company. The proposed real-world challenges allow to synthesize and model their experience to solve complex problems.

Solutions

Once the solving period is completed student teams will present one or more solutions to the problem posed. The solutions will vary depending on the nature of the challenge but one of the following solutions or a combination of them is to be expected:
– SWOT analysis of the company, and its subsequent CAME analysis. At departmental or global level.
– benchmarking of the competitive position of the company.
– Innovative, diverse and complementary solutions to the proposed challenges.

Methods

The proposed methodology will be that of teamwork and the practical application of the following competences:

– Ability to efficiently manage organizations, with and without profit, in complex, dynamic and highly competitive environments, through the definition and elaboration of strategic plans, so that they are sustainable from an economic, environmental and social point of view

– Ability to promote the generation of intellectual capital as a key element for the management of organizations in the knowledge economy, through the implementation of organizational learning strategies, processes of continuous improvement, and the adaptation of excellent management models

– Ability to manage the organizational consequences derived from economic globalization, through the design of new business models and the elaboration of international strategies

– Ability to promote the innovative potential of people and the organization as a whole, promoting projects for the definition, design and improvement of products, processes and the organization itself

– Ability to attract, develop and retain the talent of people in the organization through value management, using high performance work practices and promoting flexible work environments

The work will be supervised by an expert professor from the University who will manage and mark the guidelines of the different stages of the report.

Skills

CollaborationCommunicationCritical thinking / problem-solving

Insights

 

DEGREE
Master
WORK EXPERIENCES
0 years
STUDENT AGE
25-34 years old
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
SPAIN

Details

Challenge submission deadline:
13 March 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 March 2018 – 28 July 2018

Course duration:
119 days

No. of challenges called:
1 challenge

No. of students:
15 students

Team size:
4 students / team

Solution output language:
English,Spanish; Castilian

Summary

The faculty of Business & Economic Studies of the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) is looking for real-world challenges as part of their course’ syllabus. Master students in Business Administration will be working and collaborating virtually in teams of 3-6 during with challenge sponsores as part of their challenge-based learning experience.

Description

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC) is an Internet-centered open university based in Barcelona, Spain.

The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has support centres in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and the traditionally Catalan-speaking city of Alghero in Sardinia.

Objectives

In this company project the participating students complete a long process of maturation of knowledge and skills linked to the world of the company. The proposed real-world challenges allow to synthesize and model their experience to solve complex problems.

Solutions

Once the solving period is completed student teams will present one or more solutions to the problem posed. The solutions will vary depending on the nature of the challenge but one of the following solutions or a combination of them is to be expected:
– SWOT analysis of the company, and its subsequent CAME analysis. At departmental or global level.
– benchmarking of the competitive position of the company.
– Innovative, diverse and complementary solutions to the proposed challenges.

Methods

The proposed methodology will be that of teamwork and the practical application of the following competences:

– Ability to efficiently manage organizations, with and without profit, in complex, dynamic and highly competitive environments, through the definition and elaboration of strategic plans, so that they are sustainable from an economic, environmental and social point of view

– Ability to promote the generation of intellectual capital as a key element for the management of organizations in the knowledge economy, through the implementation of organizational learning strategies, processes of continuous improvement, and the adaptation of excellent management models

– Ability to manage the organizational consequences derived from economic globalization, through the design of new business models and the elaboration of international strategies

– Ability to promote the innovative potential of people and the organization as a whole, promoting projects for the definition, design and improvement of products, processes and the organization itself

– Ability to attract, develop and retain the talent of people in the organization through value management, using high performance work practices and promoting flexible work environments

The work will be supervised by an expert professor from the University who will manage and mark the guidelines of the different stages of the report.

Skills

CollaborationCommunicationCritical thinking / problem-solving

Insights

 

Details

Challenge submission deadline:
13 March 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 March 2018 – 28 July 2018

Course duration:
119

No. of challenges called:
1 challenge challenge

No. of students:
15

Team size:
4 students / team

Solution output language:
English,Spanish; Castilian

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This student learning experience is…

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC) is an Internet-centered open university based in Barcelona, Spain.

The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has support centres in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and the traditionally Catalan-speaking city of Alghero in Sardinia.

50.001 or more
students

SPAIN
Barcelona

This student learning experience is…

About UOC – Open University of Catalonia

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC) is an Internet-centered open university based in Barcelona, Spain.

The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has support centres in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and the traditionally Catalan-speaking city of Alghero in Sardinia.

50.001 or more
students

SPAIN
Barcelona

Challenge Submission

Although your prime goal may be to source “innovative” solutions in form of reports, analysis, prototypes and MVPs, undoubtedly you will get in contact with a very diverse group of student and faculty talents from all over the world.

Instantly, you will become and serve as a partner in promoting solutions by offering invaluable rapid feedback to students that collaborate with you as problem solvers based on your real-world experience and deep expertise.

To be more specific, as a digital challenge sponsor you bring context, real insights and data of a particular area to the table. You clarify, frame, and pitch your challenges prior to exploring solutions with your student teams.

Your collaboration efforts, will help student teams become thought after problem solvers with applied skill sets that will lead to better solutions overall.

As a challenge sponsor you gain access to the platform and respective call for challenges by subscribing to TELANTO´s Academic Business Network.

Suggestions

Interested challenge sponsors should be:

  • Subject matter experts in the field they are applying for, assuring a smooth collaboration with the responsible faculty and student teams.
  • Committed to a collaboration over a period of 12 weeks.
  • Available to spend approx. 10h in total to collaborate with the student teams.

Next Steps

Challenge applicants will be presented to the responsible faculty member for challenge review and pre-selection. If your proposal fits the course syllabus you will be invited to discuss your challenge during a 30 minutes scoping conversation with the professor.

Collaboration Process

Ready to start?

Challenge submission deadline:
13 March 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 March 2018 – 28 July 2018

Solution output:
Report

Frequently Asked Questions

What about confidentiality?

Your information around challenges, collaboration and outputs is kept strictly confidential. While we use your company information and most likely logo and/or trademarks to present you to the academic partners, no third-party, which is not directly involved in the collaboration will never be granted access to sensitive information. As part of the Terms of use, all students agree to the confidentiality clause, when they log in to the network for the first time. Some of our clients choose to address confidentiality in a separate document.

I need to have certainty about any Intellectual and Industrial Rights originating from a collaboration!

The standard Terms & Conditions as well as the Terms of Use foresee, that students cede their IP-rights in favour of the company, when the company contributes to the resolution of the challenges, in terms of providing non-publicly available information, research, analysis, etc. and contribute otherwise with internal resources. A full reading of the Terms & Conditions is made available here: https://telanto.com/telanto-terms-conditions/.

How does the engagement model and collaboration work?

Our role-based platform structures and standardises the process in a simple and intuitive manner with a number of key interaction points, such as the kick-off, mid-term touch points and final presentation. The figure below illustrates the process with the three key roles, being the Challenge Sponsor (CS), Professor and the Student.

Is there any academic supervision of the students working on my challenges?

All collaborations promoted on the Academic Business Network are part of curricular or academically supervised extracurricular activities. For the greater part of the collaborations the challenges are worked on as part of the academic program of a specific course in a bachelor, master or MBA degree, so students performance is in direct correlation to the achievement of course credits and grades.

What is the typical collaboration period with teams of students?

Average collaboration periods take 75 days from kick-off to final presentation. New intense formats with shorter periods are currently experimented with to understand the quality and validity of potential solution outputs.

How much of my time is required to make a collaboration successful?

Half an hour every five to ten days are the standard reports we get from our customers in the higher satisfaction percentiles. Most of the time is required in the preparation, alignment and initial collaboration phase of the challenges.

Do I need to be at the university at some point in time during the engagement?

Half an hour every five to ten days are the standard reports we get from our customers in the higher satisfaction percentiles. Most of the time is required in the preparation, alignment and initial collaboration phase of the challenges.

What is the unique value proposition of TELANTO compared to its competitors?

TELANTO is the sole service provider of a truly global network of universities and companies for university-industry collaboration. With its proprietary technology TELANTO provides novel processes for academia to manage industry relations and collaborations with ease and equally does so for companies with a need for more innovation and problem solving power in search for new ways to detect smart talents.

My company has already University Alliances, do I need TELANTO?

Traditional university alliances are focussed on research and/or short term hiring activities. While those have their certain rationale, TELANTO creates an unprecedented transparency for collaboration possibilities in a broad range of areas, degrees and geographies at any given time. Professionals, managers and leaders within organisations get the possibility to tap into teams of students around the world to start tackle their challenges within much shorter timeframes and practically without bureaucratic effort, than with traditional models.

What type of outcomes can I expect from students?

Most frequent outcomes of collaborations are:

  • Concepts, Analysis and qualitative research
  • Experimental results and scenario projections
  • Prototypes, clickable mockups, MVPs

All in the context of a given challenge, field of study and respective degree as well as experience of the students.

As part of every Call for Challenges from professors, you will be able to consult past and/or expected outcomes for the challenge sponsor to understand the fit of the collaboration opportunity to your challenges at hand.

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