About Experts in Teams

At Business Academy Aarhus, we have chosen to concentrate on the innovation days ‘Experts in Teams’ in order to give the students the skills to work effectively and innovatively in teams – a key competence, which is requested by a large number of our partner companies.

The framework for the days is real-life business challenges. 

Well-proven method gives new competencies

'Experts in Teams' was developed by our partner, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. They have worked with ‘Experts in Teams’ for more than 10 years and have now partnered with the Academy to further develop the method.

With this method, students get new tools to pitch their own competencies against students with a different academic background than their own.

Interdisciplinarity in focus

The students are divided into teams, who represent several different programmes. Therefore, each team has many different personal, theoretical and academic competencies available, creating good conditions for the team to produce innovative ideas, which in turn creates value for the company.

During the three days, the students will through a series of exercises, train their abilities to work in a team where professional backgrounds, theoretical assumptions and fields of interest are vastly different.

To work together across disciplines, departments and sectors is a key factor for the future of private and public companies. Value creation and thereby productivity is implicit in collaboration, knowledge sharing and exchange. That is why we must work wisely and deliberately to develop these interdisciplinary cooperation skills.

— Steen Hildebrandt, professor, PhD, University of Aarhus. From Experts in Teams 2013.

In the world of education, it is still relatively unique for students to cooperate across programmes. NTNU’s experience indicates that students achieve a better self-understanding and a greater ability to be able to work with people who do not have the same educational background as they themselves have. 

Interdisciplinary cooperation competencies:

  • increase self-understanding.
  • provide tools to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • develop ones own professional skills in correlation with the professional competencies of others.

Students as co-facilitators 

A number of co-facilitators are assigned to the innovation process, these are some of the Academy’s students. These students are in the process of taking an elective subject, in which they learn how to manage an innovation process. The process provides students with the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in practice.

In addition to co-facilitators, 13 lecturers will facilitate the entire process. 

The Nordic network will promote the use of this method

Business Academy Aarhus has been part of establishing a Nordic network, which will promote the application of the method behind ‘Experts in Teams’ to companies and other educational institutions.

Members of the network are:

  • University Of Southern Denmark (SDU)
  • Uppsala University
  • Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Lund University
  • Northern Lithuania College 

Can I participate?

If you are a student at Business Academy Aarhus, you can contact your lecturer who can tell you all about your opportunities to participate.

If you represent a company or an educational institution, please feel free to contact us to learn about your options.