As educators, we must adapt to the trends that affect our students’ lives and careers. An overwhelming trend today is the trend toward work and study in groups. As business and technology becomes more global and complex, the business world has come to rely more on use of teams or groups. One study published recently in the Harvard Business Review (February, 2016) found that the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more over the past two decades and that at many companies, more than three-fourths of an employees’ day is spent communicating with colleagues.

A recent graduate of our business school at DePaul University works with a ten-person team, not one of which lives in the same city. A fastgrowing IT firm has only 100 employees in its headquarters in Chicago, but 500 more in Seattle, Austin, New York, and San Francisco, and even more in Bangalore, India.

This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Authors:
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, DePaul University

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