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The X-Culture Certified Global Virtual Team Coach Program


After a series of successful tests over the past few semesters, we’re officially launching the X-Culture Certified Global Virtual Team Coach program.

The program offers an opportunity for the people who successfully completed X-Culture in the past to:

  • receive further training as a global virtual team coach;
  • gain new knowledge about international business and consulting;
  • learn the principles of work design gamification and crowdsourcing;
  • gain practical experience in team coaching and leadership;
  • practice and improve your communication, performance appraisal, feedback giving, conflict facilitation, and analytical skills;
  • learn how to organize and lead instructional webinars, and online discussion groups;
  • expand your professional network;
  • greatly strengthen your resume and receive an X-Culture Global Virtual Team certificate and recommendation letter.

The program includes:

Phase 1: Theoretical Training (4 weeks)

  • Module 1. The X-Culture Project Logistics
  • Module 2. The Coaching Program
  • Module 3. Known GVT Problems and Best Practices
  • Module 4. Online Collaboration Tools
  • Module 5. Managing GVTs
  • Module 6. Free-Riding in GVTs
  • Module 7. Gamification of work design
  • Module 8. Principles of crowdsourcing
  • Module 9. Academic Referencing Styles
  • Module 10. Plagiarism
  • Module 11. Team Counseling
  • Module 12. Managing Conflict in Project Teams
  • Module 13. The Art of Effective Feedback
  • Module 14: The Basics of International Business
  • Module 15: Organizing and leading webinars and discussion groups
  • Module 16: Effective presentation: public speaking and written analytic summaries

A theoretical exam will conclude Phase 1.
Applicants who successfully pass the exam will be allowed to advance to Phase 2. Further theoretical training will continue supplementing practical training.

Phase 2: Practical Training (16 weeks)

  • Coaching several global virtual teams participating in the X-Culture competition
  • Providing feedback on the weekly deliverables submitted by the current X-Culture teams
  • Organizing and leading instructional webinars
  • Facilitating discussion and quality improvement discussion groups
  • Development of training materials
  • Participating in weekly experience-exchange online conferences with other Coaching Program trainees
  • Preparing analytic executive summaries for corporate clients
  • Serving as a judge of work of others, including being a member of the Award Committee that selects the X-Culture Competition winners


Phase 3: Reflection and Research (2 weeks)

After the global virtual teams complete the project, based on their observations and newly acquired understandings, the Coaches will write reflection reports that summarize their experiences, things they’ve learned, and advice they would give to international team members, managers, and coaches on how to improve the effectiveness of and training for global virtual teams.

The authors of the most insightful reflection papers will be offered an opportunity and the necessary support of our experienced professors to further develop their work into publishable research papers. The best reports will be presented at scholarly conferences and turned into practical guides for managers of global virtual teams.

Certificates and Recommendation Letters

After a successful completion of the Coaching Program, the graduates will receive the official X-Culture Certified Global Virtual Team Coach certificates and recommendation letters.




Only people who have successfully participated in the X-Culture competition before (completed the project as a member of an international team, submitted full-length report, received peer-evaluations and report evaluations of no less than 3.0/5.0) are allowed to apply to the Coaching Program.

Only people who successfully complete Phase 1 (pass the theoretical exam) are allowed to advance to Phase 2.


Estimated Time Requirements:

Phase 1: Theory

Review training materials: approximately 2-4 hours per training module

Take theoretical exam: approximately 2 hours

Phase 1 total: Approximately 40-50 hours

Phase 2: Practice

Addressing team questions, concerns, providing help: approximately 1-2 hours per week over the 16-week training period

Reviewing weekly deliverables submitted by the X-Culture teams and providing feedback and suggestions: approximately 2-3 hours per week

Phase 2 total: Approximately 4-6 hours per week, or about 60 hours total over the period of 16 weeks

Phase 3: Reflection Paper

Analyzing observations and notes, additional research: approximately 5-10 hours

Writing the paper: approximately 5-10 hours

Phase 3 total: Approximately 20 hours total, but the exact time investment will greatly vary across Coaches, depending on individual research and writing skills

Training Fee

In the 2017-2 round (August-December 2017) the Coaching Program remains in the Beta version (testing). Therefore, it will be offered at a discounted rate. During the beta-testing period, the program will be kept very small and highly selective, so an apology in advance: many strong applicants will not be able to participate quite yet.

Beta program tuition: $975

Applicants in the following categories will be eligible for $700 discount ($275 paid):

  • Citizens and permanent residents of countries with GPD/capital less $15,000 as per the World Bank 2016 statistics (must be both a citizen of a country and reside in a country that meets this criterion, although the two could be different)
  • Applicants whose peer evaluations in X-Culture were 4.8 or higher
  • Applicants who were members of the winning teams
 There will be also three competitive Administrative Assistantships. The fee will be fully waived for these three trainees ($0 paid) in exchange for 5 additional hours of work per week of administrative help to the X-Culture project during the 14 weeks of the Practical phase of the Coaching Program.



If you meet the eligibility criteria and you are able to invest the necessary time, APPLY HERE  icon-arrow-circle-right .

Application deadline for 2017-2: June 25, 2017