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The X-Culture Certified Global Virtual Team Coach Program

Best X-Culture students from earlier semesters become coaches and mentors to the new generation of X-Culture students.

The Coaches acquire skills and experiences even many seasoned managers don’t have. Skills and experiences employers want.



2018-1: February 5-May 11, 2017 (apply by August 20)


Phase 1: Theoretical Training (February 5- March 3, 4 weeks)


Week 1: X-Culture

  • Module 1. The X-Culture Project: Purpose, History, Method, Vision
  • Module 2. The X-Culture Coaching Program: Purpose, History, Method, Vision


Week 2: Anatomy of GVTs

  • Module 3. Known GVT Problems and Best Practices
  • Module 4. Managing GVTs
  • Module 5. Free-Riding in GVTs
  • Module 6. Principles of crowdsourcing and global virtual collaboration


Week 3: Managing and Coaching GVTs

  • Module 7. The Art of Effective Feedback
  • Module 8. Team Counseling
  • Module 9. Managing Conflict in Project Teams
  • Module 10: Organizing and leading webinars and discussion groups
  • Module 11. Gamification of work design


Week 4: Technologies and Knowledge for GVT-Based IB Consulting

  • Module 12. Online Collaboration Tools
  • Module 13. Academic Referencing Styles
  • Module 14. Plagiarism
  • Module 15: The Basics of International Business
  • 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 (March 5 –  April 27, 8 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 (April 28 – May 12, 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.

For Your Job-Getting Resume

The purpose of the X-Culture Global Virtual Team Coaching Program is to help the Coaches:

  1. Strengthen their theoretical knowledge and understanding of global virtual teams and business consulting principles and best practices;
  2. Gain practical experience in coaching, mentoring, and managing global virtual consulting teams.

The program is very demanding and time consuming. However, the Coaches who successfully complete the Program can put on their resume the following achievements, skills and experiences:

  • Completed a series of training modules on understanding and managing people in global virtual teams and international business principles and theories;
  • Served as a coach, mentor, and counsel to hundreds of global virtual teams completing a complex international business consulting project;
  • Developed and organized a series of training modules, video lectures, live training webinars for a global audience;
  • Investigated and facilitated resolution of cross-cultural conflicts and misunderstandings;
  • Evaluated individual and team performance;
  • Provided regular constructive and developmental feedback to individuals and teams and helped them improve their work;
  • Helped members of the globally-dispersed teams coordinate their efforts;
  • Reviewed weekly progress reports and deliverables, identified teams that are having difficulties, helped them overcome their difficulties;
  • Reviewed and analyzed a large number of business proposals and prepare executive analytic summaries for the top managers;
  • Co-organized weekly experience exchange conferences with other coaches, shared personal observations, heard about the challenges experienced by other coaches, brainstormed the best solutions and provided and received feedback and suggestions;
  • Reviewed business proposals and selected winners of a large-scale consulting competition;
  • Developed training materials on a range of topics related to international business and teamwork;
  • Addressed concerns and responded to questions from members of global virtual teams;
  • Conducted independent research on international business and global virtual teams and wrote an analytic paper and guide for managers, team members, and educators;
  • Provided suggestion for training program design and management of large-scale consulting projects.
  • Did all of this in a highly complex culturally diverse and technology intensive environment, working alongside people from 40+ different countries.


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.



The number of trainees in the X-Culture Coaching Program is limited to 50 per semester.

Preference is given to the X-Culture Alumni who had the highest scores on peer evaluations (3.5 and higher), whose teams wrote the best reports (4.5 and higher), as well as those who provided most insightful and thoughtful comments in weekly surveys and shared most original ideas and suggestions in post-project survey.
We are also looking for the most motivated people, those who are eager to learn, while helping the new generation of X-Culture students to succeed.

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 exams: approximately 7-20 minutes per module,  total 2-3 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 50 hours total over the period of 9 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: $775

Applicants in the following categories will be eligible for $500 discount ($275 paid):

  • Citizens and permanent residents of countries with GPD/capital less $15,000 as per the World Bank 2016 statistics
  • Applicants whose peer evaluations in X-Culture were 4.5 or higher
  • Applicants who were members of the winning teams
There will be also three competitive Administrative Assistantships.
The tuition for these three trainees will be reduced to $75 in exchange for 5 additional hours of work per week of administrative help to the X-Culture project during 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 2018-1: January 20

2017-2 GVT Coaching Training Materials, ACCESS HERE  icon-arrow-circle-right