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Team Building (Outdoor Training)

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will be able to distinguish between the different team phases connected to the prevailing problematic structures and will be able to analyse necessary actions with reference to real-world examples. They will consider specific roles within a team, their implications and developments in the various team-building phases and during the course will deduce alternative courses of action through discursive approaches in their learning experiences and reflection. They will use this to construct robust approaches, which they will present and implement in groups.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

This course combines experience-based learning through outdoor and indoor components with keynote speeches and reflection. Students will gain insight into the development of teams in their composition, targets and risks. The concepts of team leadership, organization of team-work and social coherence, phases over time as well as the allocation and assessment of roles and their parameters will contribute to an in-depth understanding of success and failure parameters. Above all potential conflicts will be addressed for specific team situations and the causes and solutions will be analysed in common situations. Outdoor components will be reflected upon and integrated into the overall model.

recommended or required reading

Belbin, Richard M. (2010) Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail, Elsevier Science & Technology;
Katzenbach, Jon R., Smith, Douglas K.( 2006): The wisdom of Teams: Creating the High Perfomance Organization, Harper Business;
Leutenberg, Ester (2008): The successful Teambuilding Workbook: Self Assessments, Exercises & educational Handouts, Whole Person Ass.,;
Paul, Jessica (2006) Social Events: Wertewandel in der Eventbranche, VDM
Thomas, Alexander, Stumpf, Siegfried (2003): Teamarbeit und Teamentwicklung, Hogrefe;
Van Dick, Rolf, West, Michael A. (2005): Teamwork, Teamdiagnose, Teamentwicklung: Praxis der Personalpsychologie, Hogrefe;

assessment methods and criteria

immanent exam character (active participation)

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Elisabeth Steurer, BA, MA; Mag. Ing. Paul Mair

year of study

1. year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (integrated lecture)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not appplicable