Blog Post #4

The globalization timeline was overall a positive experience and I learned a lot about the the history of globalization and important teamwork values. There were numerous different factors that influenced our interactions and affected how we addressed and worked on the project. One of the difficulties our team had was differing understandings of the project’s guidelines and objectives. Being from two different classes that teach the same material, each teacher emphasizes and confronts each chapter differently. During our beginning meetings, our team had to form a collective understanding of what was expected of us and many times needed to ask the instructors for clarification.

Another factor that influenced the project was the different time zones. Since Groningen is 6 hours ahead of Arlington we had to specifically plan our meetings for times that worked for all the members. Another difficulty was that everybody had different schedules and activities that they actively participated. My two group members Nikki and Sam are both commuters so our meetings generally had to be during the weekdays and in between classes. From this project I understand the importance of communication between team members. As a group we had to text a lot because face to face meetings were hard to coordinate and I had to personally make sure that I was trying to respond as quickly as possible and being patient with the process.

If I was able to redo this process I would try to be more organized with meeting times and making sure to clarify our expectations of each other. I would also try to work on the different parts of the project more as a unit than individually. As a group we decided to split the project up and each member had a specific assignment. This caused problems with the group dynamic because every individual completed their parts at their own pace and to their own standards. I believe if we worked together more often the project would have been more proficient and had all the necessary elements needed upon submitting. Overall this project was an enjoyable experience and I learned a lot about my members and how to work with people globally.

2 Comments on “Blog Post #4

  1. Your team members have invested a great deal of time developing a working relationship and learning how to communicate across differences. Your success as a group is directly related to reflecting on progress and then re-directing your course. This is very clear when you write; “As a group we decided to split the project up and each member had a specific assignment. This caused problems with the group dynamic because every individual completed their parts at their own pace and to their own standards. I believe if we worked together more often the project would have been more proficient and had all the necessary elements needed upon submitting.”
    Going forward should be much easier and your investment in the team should pay off! I look forward to seeing what you create!

  2. Reflecting back on the globalization timeline after completing more of the class, I realize the importance of peer review and a strong team dynamic when working on projects. One of the main problems our group had was the difference is how we approach our assignments. Working on more of an individual basis ended up being detrimental to our project because it lacked the communication needed to create a collaborative project and caused problems because of the lack of group understanding. One difference between the Arlington and Dutch members is how we schedule time to work and organize our schedules. During the project I found that Sam, Nikki, and I tried to constantly add information to the timeline and collaborate with each other outside of the scheduled times. However despite our constant communication, our work lacked depth because as students we never worked on the project with complete focus. There were times when one of the members would be doing a little side task or would get off topic by being on their phones or having side conversations. These problems cause our work to be diminished because of the lack of collective focus as a group. On the other hand, I learned that an important cultural aspect of Dutch students is the idea that work and entertainment should be separated. Most of the times when Jody or Jonas are working on the project or on video call with the group, they are only focused on the task at hand and are not distracted by their phones or other factors. They allot specific times to work on their projects and do not take time out of their breaks to do the project. These differences cause some problems when doing the project originally because the Arlington members were frustrated that the work wasn’t completed right away and the Dutch members were irritated by the constant expectations of the Arlington members. Therefore, when we redid the project, we talked as a group before in order to restore the dynamic and changed the process from individual collaboration to group collaboration. We learned as a group that working together and holding expectations for everyone as a whole was important to creating quality work. This switch in our intercultural approach helped strengthen the project and produce a stronger revised timeline. Our collaboration is an example of globalization and the idea that different people and cultures must come together despite culture difference to work together. When our timeline was done as a group it was stronger than the region specific groups, and I believe that this is also true on a global scale. In addition, during this project it first became apparent the difference in how the Dutch members address assignments and the Arlington members. In one of my earlier blogs I mention the difference of age between the members and how it affects their maturity level when doing assignments. The Arlington members tried to get the work done as efficiently as possible while sometimes negatively affecting the final result. The Dutch members took more time and thus I believed gained a stronger understanding of the assignment. Therefore, when we redid the project I focused on fully grasping the topic rather than purely finishing the work. I found this was beneficial because it allowed for me to complete work that was stronger as well as learning how to use the knowledge I learned outside the classroom.

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