Since May 15, 2020, Professor Christoph Barmeyer has been a member of the professorial board of the PhD program "Imprenditorialità ed Innovazione" (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) at the Parthenope University of Naples, Italy.
The PhD program, which involves five scientific disciplines and over 30 professors, deals with all processes involved in the creation and development of new companies and the management of innovation projects. Research topics include technology start-ups, academic and business spin-offs, social and cultural entrepreneurship, but also main types of innovation such as technology push and demand-pull innovations, innovations related to the business model of companies, innovations related to organizational models or design driven innovation. The PhD program offers courses and seminar activities including international research initiatives at Italian and foreign universities or research institutes.
Founded in 1919, Parthenope University, where 15,000 students are enrolled, contributes to the development of knowledge through innovative, international and multidisciplinary research. For further information on doctoral training, click here.
Within the context of the project seminar "Interculturality in the context of flight migration", another successful project called "Solidarity Bread" has been launched. Under the theoretical premises of the contact hypothesis and intercultural communication theories, practical projects are implemented each semester to promote intercultural exchange between Germans and refugees. One of these projects is "Solidarity Bread", which aims to promote intercultural exchange and voluntary work with refugees by baking and sharing bread together. Bread is baked together at various meetings and donated to those in need. A part of it is eaten together and thus an exchange is promoted in a cosy atmosphere. A first, very successful meeting took place in March. You can find more information here and in the newspaper report of the PNP.
In the week from 9 to 14 March 2020, co-authors Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Madeleine Bausch met with Professor Ulrike Mayrhofer in Nice at the IAE Nice, University of Côte d'Azur, to work on the English version of the textbook "Constructive Intercultural Management", which will be released in 2021 by scientific publisher Edward Elgar.
In addition to an intensive week of work, Prof. Barmeyer and Madeleine Bausch gave lectures to IAE colleagues on 12 March 2020 afternoon on the topics "Constructive Intercultural Management. Conceptualization, applications and future directions" and "The transfer of quality management practices from German MNC to Brazil". We would like to thank Prof. Ulrike Mayrhofer and the IAE Nice for the warm welcome and the gastronomical program, as well as BayFrance, which supports the German-French project.
Sina Grosskopf has been an elected council member of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) since March 2020. The IACCM was founded at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration to create a network of researchers and practitioners interested in intercultural issues. The Council makes the basic decisions on the activities of the Association, organizes the annual conferences and is basically responsible for the scientific development of the research community. More information can be found here.
Maria Wilhelm, currently working at the Transfer Center of the University of Passau, received the "Prix d'Excellence" of the Government of Québec for her Master's thesis at the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kanada Studien (GKS) on 14.2.2020. The Master's thesis, which was written as part of a research project by Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Professor Allain Joly (HEC Montreal), deals with the role of incubators in creative cities and compares the innovation ecosystems of Munich and Montreal. Based on 29 qualitative interviews with different actors and further case study material, it shows that incubators in both cities contribute fundamentally to the networking of different actors, the creation of a common understanding and the bundling of success factors. In addition, Munich presented itself as a technically innovative city, characterized by top-down processes, and Montreal as a technologically creative city with a distinct and rather unstructured creative class.
The Prix d'Excellence is awarded annually and honors outstanding scientific work related to Quebec. In addition to Ms. Wilhelm, another thesis by Jana Nürnberger from the University of Regensburg was honored.
The photo shows (from left) Dr. Benedikt Miklos, Jana Nürnberger, Maria Wilhelm
Upon the invitation of Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas, General Secretary of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM), the research assistant Sina Grosskopf represented Professor Barmeyer in Vienna on January 31 and February 1, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss future activities and positioning of the Association. Furthermore, conferences were planned in Seville in October 2020 and in Malta in 2021. The Association was founded in 1997 to create a network for and by researchers and practitioners from various fields interested in intercultural issues. Present on the two days were the President of the Association Prof. Chiara Cannavale (Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope/Italy), Vice-President Prof. Slawomir Magala (Rotterdam School of Management/Netherlands), Secretary General Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas (Visiting Professor University of Valencia/Spain), as well as the regular council members Dr. Carolin Debray (University of Warwick/ Great Britain) and Dr. Henriett Primecz (Corvinus University Budapest/ Hungary). In addition to Sina Grosskopf, Grant Douglas from France (IÉSEG School of Management) and Senem Yazici from Austria (WU Vienna) were also present. After the successful conference participation of the chair team in Paris 2019, it is a great enrichment to participate in upcoming events of the IACCM. We are looking forward to the future cooperation!
On Tuesday, 21st of Janaury 2020, Dr. Martina Maletzky had the opportunity to interview Prof. Dr.Dr. Vertovec. He talks about his biography, his research and what inspired him to his research.
Prof. Dr.Dr. Steven Vertovec is the Founding Director of Max-Planck-Institute for the research on multi-religional and multi-ethnic societies in Göttingen and in addition, is currently working as Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. For more information on the VHB project have a look at our VHB Project Page.
As part of the Bachelor lecture Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Management (8.01.2020) Prof. Dr. Barmeyer and Sina Grosskopf conducted a group interview with three Syrians living in Passau: Rama Suleiman, Anas Alhashmi and Maher Qawas. The interview referred to intercultural challenges in Germany and how to deal with them. This included conscious reflection on one's own socialization in two different cultural systems, the Syrian and the German. Such individuals can be described as bicultural, i.e. they are shaped by different cultural and linguistic systems that unite them in their personality. What is particularly interesting here is that by combining the two cultures, they display a unique intercultural competence. They can use this to build bridges in different situations. They then adopt different perspectives and exhibit characteristics such as flexibility, openness, empathy or tolerance of ambiguity.
At the invitation of Sylvie Chevrier, Professor of Human Resource Management at the Université Gustave Eiffel, Professor Barmeyer and research assistant Sina Großkopf were in Paris from 8-10 January 2020. The participated in the workshop "Enhancing the professional integration of migrants" which was a follow-up meeting to the working sessions with colleagues from all over Europe in September 2018 and December 2018. In addition to the scientific exchange, practice-oriented presentations by Aurore and Wintegreat, organisations dealing with the professional integration of migrants, took place. The result of the three-day research stay is the preparation of an application concept for further implementation. With well-known scientists from France (Jean-Pierre Segal, Sylvie Chevrier and Aurelie-Sara Cognat), Denmark (Mette Zølner), Hungary (Henriett Primecz), Great Britain (Fiona Moore and Peter Lugosi), Switzerland (Eric Davoine) and Italy (Maria Margherita Mattioda and Damiano Cortese) interesting discussions were carried out and the basis for a research group to be continued was established.
The photo shows the research group of scientists and representatives of practice 2020
In cooperation with the Chair of English Literature and Culture (Professor Jürgen Kamm) and the kuwi netzwerk international e. V., a reading with the author, journalist and "Kuwine" Stefanie von Wietersheim took place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Kulturwirt study course on 9 December 2019. She read from her book "Grand Paris - Savoir-vivre for insiders and those who want to become insiders". The audience was able to immerse in everyday stories full of mystery and comedy of the French capital, which she describes as a "unique stage for beauty and elegance, a living space for creative artists, a paradise for lovers of haute cuisine and shopaholics". Unlike many other non-French writers and journalists, von Wietersheim does not focus one-sidedly on the negative and critical. She has an unbiased constructive and intercultural view of this Parisian life and describes the positive and beautiful from an intercultural perspective.
From 6 to 16 December 2019 Professor Claude-Hélène Mayer, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, was a visiting professor in Passau. The aim of the stay, which was made possible by the international guest researcher program of the Faculty of Humanities, was to work on joint research and publication projects, such as on interculturality and biculturality, as well as on methodological challenges of qualitative research in intercultural contexts. As part of the lecture "Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Management" for Bachelor students, Professor Claude-Hélène Mayer gave two lectures on 12 December 2019: "Intercultural Cooperation and its Challenges in Chinese-African Business Interactions" and "Different races, same cultures - Discourses and autoethnographical experiences on identity construction" (together with her son Lolo Mayer). Another lecture in a course by Dr. Martina Maletzky dealt with "Shame in intercultural and global work contexts". In addition, guest professor Mayer presented the qualitative research method of narration at the chair's doctoral colloquium on December 10, 2019, and commented on a dissertation project. The chair team thanks for the stimulating and instructive time as well as feedback on the research and is looking forward to another visit soon.
The photo shows Professor Dr. mult. Claude-Hélène Mayer with the chair team and some of her publications.
We congratulate Yuqi Liu on successfully defending her dissertation entitled “Bi-National Tandem Leadership in German-Chinese Joint Ventures. Role Division between Middle Managers and Contextual Influences” at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Passau. Yuqi Liu was a doctoral student at the Chair of Intercultural Communication from 2013 to 2019. Supervisor was Professor Dr. Christoph Barmeyer. Second corrector was Professor Dr. Marion Festing (Chair of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership, ESCP Europe Business School Germany).
The dissertation deals with tandem leadership, which questions the classical principle “the unity of command” and has proven to be an effective mechanism for coping with increasing organizational complexity. Using a qualitative-interpretative multiple case study in three German-Chinese joint ventures in China with Chinese state-owned enterprises as parent companies, the study examines how German-Chinese leading tandems divide the roles of middle managers in a cross-cultural context and which contextual factors influence their role divisions.
The results of the study show that between bi-national leading tandems, complementarity and cooperation, but also asymmetry and competing relationship dynamics exist. Furthermore, the study identifies context as an important explanatory approach for tandem leadership: On the one hand, national culture and institutional framework on the macro level, organizational culture and structure on the meso level have both isolated and interrelated effects on role divisions between tandem partners. On the other hand, bi-national leading tandems have an influence on the organizational context.
The annual trip to the Passau Christmas market took place in a pre-Christmas atmosphere on Monday, December 9, 2019. Among the participants were the students of the German-French Double Master, the programme coordinator Catherine Teissier and the head of the programme Marie France Mercadier from the Aix-Marseille Université, the visiting professor Claude-Hélène Mayer with her two sons Lolo and Ecee, as well as Christoph Barmeyer, Madeleine Bausch and Philipp Campina. The chair team wishes all students and colleagues a Merry Christmas!
Professor Christoph Barmeyer spent one week at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul from 25.11. - 29.11.2019 as part of the Master's programme "Intercultural Management". Founded in 2012, the university is based on a cooperation between the German and Turkish states and offers various Bachelor and Master programmes in - mainly - German. Both Turkish and German teaching staff and Turkish and German students make this place an intercultural organization, where different teaching concepts, contents, methods and interculturally negotiated forms of communication and cooperation emerge. The course focused on constructive interculturality, which was developed on the basis of conceptual frames of reference and concrete examples of application: How do actors in organizations succeed in seeing cultural differences not only as problems but also as a resource and enrichment? The final reflection on the biculturalism of the students turned out to be particularly revealing. Professor Barmeyer's stay also served to prepare, together with his colleague Professor Ernst Struck, initiator and head of the course of studies "Intercultural Management", an international conference on constructive intercultural management
The photo shows the students of the current year of the master course with the head of the course Professor Ernst Struck and Professor Christoph Barmeyer.
We congratulate Juliane Neumann on successfully passing her doctoral examination at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Passau. Juliane Neumann's doctoral thesis, who was an external doctoral candidate at the Chair of Intercultural Communication from 2015 to 2019, is entitled "Interplay of National and Professional Culture in the International Transfer of Performance Management. A case study on the reception in European subsidiaries based on the 'multiple cultures perspective' and with special consideration of the employee perspective". Doctoral supervisor is Professor Dr. Christoph Barmeyer, second supervisor is Professor Sonja Sackmann, Ph.D. (University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich).
The study was conducted on the basis of an interpretative paradigm and the 'multiple culture' perspective as well as a qualitative and emically oriented case study in a German MNU and its subsidiaries in Italy, Poland and Sweden and the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The results of the thesis show a complex interaction between professional and national culture, which influences the reception of local employees. In addition, other factors, such as the dominance effect and the personal motive of an employee, are identified as influencing factors of reception. In essence, an international transfer of performance management is possible due to the cultural background of local employees, but implementation is less effective for employers and employees.
Constanze Rath and Sina Großkopf won the award for the most interesting article at the International Association of Cross Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) conference with their article 'Leadership in the VUCA World – A Systematic Literature Review'. After two conference presentations and a poster presentation on the IÉSEG campus in Paris, they won the competition. The article, which builds on a systematic survey of the relevant literature, highlights the importance of leadership skills and raises awareness of cultural factors that influence the interaction between leadership and the environment. It thus enriches the field of intercultural management research with regard to the dynamics of the VUCA world. A big thank you to the successful organisation of the IACCM conference team and the conference leader, Dr Barbara Covarrubias Venegas.
At the IACCM Conference in Paris (31.10.-02.11.2019), Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Professor Henriett Primecz (Corvinus University Budapest) led the two-part academic panel on 'Different Streams and Paradigms in Cross-Cultural Management'. In the first part, scientific paradigms were linked to the conference topic on intercultural competencies in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world – the VUCA world. After the conference presentations, the second part dealt in depth with basic views on how objects of research are perceived, understood and explained in a scholarly context. The different positions and academic paradigms provided for a lively discussion. At the end, the participating practitioners and scholars agreed that the variety of perspectives and the different paradigmatic viewpoints were helpful tools in the analysis of theoretical as well as practical cases. Overall, the panel was embedded in a large supporting programme of exciting conference presentations and workshops on how to deal with identity, managerial competencies, creativity, innovation, and knowledge, involving both academics and practitioners. The slideshow below offers an insight into the event:
From 30th September to 4th October 2019, Sina Großkopf spent five days at Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée in Paris, where she delivered teaching sessions for bachelor’s and master’s students in Human Resources Management together with Professor Sylvie Chevrier. As part of the Erasmus+ Employee Mobility Programme, she was able to strengthen the cooperation with the partner university in Paris and learn about the educational content and the respective teaching methods in a different cultural context. In addition, she continued to work on the joint European cooperation project on social capital and migrant skills, as well as conducting field research. Our thanks go to the International Students’ Registry Office for coordinating and facilitating the secondment.
At the invitation of Professor Anne Bartel-Radic, Professor Christoph Barmeyer undertook a Visiting Professorship at Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Grenoble from the 29th September until the 10th October 2019. The University of Passau maintains an intensive Erasmus exchange programme with IEP. The IEP is a Grande Ecole that enables students to address societal challenges through an interdisciplinary academic approach. As in the International Cultural and Business Studies course at Passau, economics, law, history, international relations, political science, languages, etc. are also taught there. In addition to teaching on a master’s course on interculturality in organisations, Professor Barmeyer gave two public lectures – 'Complémentarités interculturelles dans les coopérations franco-allemandes: les cas d'Arte et d'Alleo' and 'Towards constructive intercultural management. Context, conceptual frameworks, cases' – and exchanged ideas with colleagues at the Research Centre for Intercultural Teaching and Research, especially Serious Games. He also held discussions with the Québec immigration researcher Professor Antoine Bilodeau from Concordia University in Montréal. Furthermore, he also met students from Passau on their stay abroad in Grenoble.
In the photo (from left to right) Sandrine Vernet, Anne Bartel-Radic, Jean Marcou, Christoph Barmeyer and Hamza Asshidi
On 12th September 2019, Professor Christoph Barmeyer met students of the French-German double master’s programme in southern France, who are spending their second year of study in Aix-en-Provence, having successfully completed their first year of study in Passau. Besides fantastic views of Provence, the hike to the summit cross of the Sainte Victoire mountain, which is over 1000 m high and was immortalised in many paintings by numerous painters, especially Paul Cezanne, also offered a good opportunity to discuss studying and internship opportunities in the Franco-German context.
On the 6th August 2019, Dr Maletzky gave a talk to Mexican nurses on culture and cultural differences. In this way, she is passing on the results of her own research on intercultural cooperation between Germans and Mexicans, as well as the findings of further research, to practitioners. The nursing industry has become increasingly international in recent years. The increased likelihood of intercultural misunderstandings in everyday working life can affect cooperation. The aim of the talk given to the 15 Mexican nurses, who have just passed their recognition exam, was to convey previous experiences and to sensitise them to the effect of culture in interaction. The strong relationship orientation in Mexican culture is highly valued in the German environment, especially in the context of care for the elderly; the rather direct and strongly goal-oriented nature of Germans is in stark contrast to Mexican values, and could become the source of unwanted conflicts. The evening was rounded off with a joint barbecue and get-together.
On the 1st July 2019, the participants of the Refugee Programme met with their mentors for a 'Network Evening' with the aim of getting to know each other better and networking. A creative programme was arranged to help break the ice between the participants.
There were three activities to help them get to know each other better:
1. Collecting key ideas on the subject of 'Typically German' / 'Typically Syrian'
2. Writing a poem about Passau
3. Designing a small dictionary with the most important Bavarian words and phrases, translated into High German and Arabic
The 15 attendees were randomly divided into three groups and each group had to work on two of the three tasks. The groups wrote some entertaining texts while enjoying ice cream and biscuits and a lively discussion. All in all, it was a successful evening with very creative output! You can read one of the poems here.
From the 23rd to the 24th July, the Chair of Intercultural Communication welcomed Prof. Peter Franklin of HTWG Konstanz to the Chair (from the front, second person on the right in the picture). Prof. Franklin gave the doctoral students valuable advice and inspiration for their research projects, and gave a talk on 'Intercultural competencies: What are they, to what extent can they actually be developed and are they themselves culturally influenced?' during the lecture on intercultural management. His talk covered a differentiated, practice-oriented view of intercultural competences and intercultural competence development, and examined the extent to which the conception of these competences and their development are themselves influenced by culture.
On a beautiful summer’s day, the Chair team undertook a bicycle excursion to visit the Austrian must farmers, together with students of the French-German double master’s programme. They were able to sample the local culinary culture in the form of a refreshing glass of must and a delicious selection of snacks.
'Exploring the future of management' was held at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE) from the 26th to the 28th June 2019. With more than 1,700 participants, it was the best-attended conference since the inception of EURAM. The Chair of Intercultural Communication of the University of Passau was jointly represented by Madeleine Bausch, Sina Großkopf, Dr Martina Maletzky and Marcella Poguntke. The external doctoral student Carina Stumpf also gave a talk on the transfer of organisational practices.
This section focused on the role of cultures and interculturality in the regulation of organisational processes and social interactions, including the overarching topics:
'Migrant integration in organisations'; 'The migration journey: From the decision to leave to integration in the host country'; 'The dynamics of multinational organisations'; 'Adapting to new cultural contexts'; 'Towards global mindsets?' And 'National cultures and cross-cultural comparisons'.
The interesting contributions from different cultural backgrounds – mostly context-related qualitative case studies – dealt with interculturality in and between different European and Asian countries.
Prof. Christoph Barmeyer and Madeleine Bausch attended the ATLAS/AFMI Conference (Association Francophone de Management International) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland from the 17th to the 19th June 2019. On Tuesday, 18th June 2019, they gave a talk on 'The meaning of quality across multiple cultures – The cases of German MNCs', which included initial results of the thesis by Madeleine Bausch. Topics surrounding international and intercultural management were presented and discussed under the title 'Le national face au global: nouvelles perspectives pour le management international', which led to inspiration for future research work, and continues to do so. Besides a variety of networking activities, one key topic of the conference was the discussion about 'Swissness' and its significance for the local Swiss and global context.
On 1st June 2019, Prof. Christoph Barmeyer had the opportunity to interview US sociologist Milton J. Bennett at the SIETAR Conference in Leuven, Belgium, for the VHB online seminar. Among other things, Milton J. Bennett is considered the creator of the development model for intercultural sensitivity.
The resulting video will be integrated into the VHB online seminar, which will be developed by Research Assistant Marcella Poguntke in cooperation with the Bundeswehr University Munich, and will be edited for media education.
Professor Christoph Barmeyer attended the SIETAR-Europa Congress at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, together with Sina Großkopf from 29th May to 1st June 2019. On Wednesday, 30th May 2019, they presented a talk together on 'Social Science Paradigms in Cross-Cultural Management: From Exclusion to Inclusion' in the academic section of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM), in which they discussed various paradigmatic perspectives in research and practice on the basis of a case study. During the congress, they were able to experience the motto 'Building Dialogues on Diversity' live in various presentations and workshops, as well as in discussions with other researchers and practitioners.
Management International. His 25 books, numerous book chapters and journal articles have been published in several languages. During his stay at the University of Passau, Professor Chanlat gave various lectures, discussed with students and advised the Chair’s doctoral students.
In excellent weather, with a great mood and wearing appropriate T-shirts, a mixture of current and former members of the Chair team took part in the Passau Cathedral Run on 19th May 2019. In high spirits, the team successfully made it to the finish through the winding lanes and cobbled streets of Passau and along the Danube and the Inn. Incidentally, the Cathedral Run 2009 was the Chair’s first activity to be featured on the homepage. Almost 11 years later, they are doing the run again.
The Chair of Intercultural Communication celebrated almost 11 years since its foundation on the 18th and 19th May 2019. Together with 25 former and current employees as well as friends of the Chair, participants shared past and current experiences at the Chair on the Saturday morning. There was also a moderated exchange about plans for the future and professional careers. This was followed by a scavenger hunt through Passau and a dinner with a photo presentation and the results of the scavenger hunt, including research ideas and photos of special places during the respective periods of the Chair’s history. The slogan: 'Vorsprung durch Interkulturalität' arose in this context.
The Sunday morning started with beautiful weather and a yoga class at Ortspitze, and continued after a communal breakfast: a team of six successfully participated in the 20th Passau Cathedral Run (see 'Running Culture' section). That brought the beautiful festive weekend to an end. Many thanks for participating in such numbers and for cheering the runners on.
On the 7th May 2019, the Chair of Intercultural Communication filmed an interview between Professor Christoph Barmeyer and his former doctoral supervisor, Professor Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (on the right) from the Saarland University, in cooperation with the University of Passau’s Centre for Information Technology and Media Services. The interview addressed Professor Lüsebrink’s personal career in intercultural research, the content of his research as well as the formative events and influences of other persons and interculturalists on his work. Professor Lüsebrink also made interesting suggestions for future topics and gave early career researchers some inspiring words along the way.
The resulting video will be integrated into the VHB online seminar, which will be developed by Research Assistant Marcella Poguntke in cooperation with the Bundeswehr University Munich and edited for media education.
Last week (calendar week 19), the Chair of Intercultural Communication once again welcomed Professor Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink from the Saarland University and the Programme Leader of the French-German double master’s programme, Catherine Teissier from Aix-en-Provence, to the Chair.
Dr Catherine Teissier informed the students of the Kulturwirtschaft/International Cultural and Business Studies (ICBS) programme at the University of Passau about the possibilities of completing a French-German double master’s degree in cooperation with the University of Aix-Marseille. More information about the French-German double master’s programme can be found here.
In addition, Professor Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink gave a talk on 7th May on the slow 'Révolution culturelle' – Literatur, Theater und Medien in Québec, and was involved in the filming of the Chair's VHB project.
Her habilitation was supervised by Professor Sylvie Chevrier (UPEM). The members of the habilitation committee included Professor Barmeyer, Professor Françoise Chevalier (HEC Paris), Professor Jean-François Chanlat (Université Paris Dauphine University), Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuis (HEC Montréal) and Professor Jean-Pierre Segal (CNRS/Université Paris Dauphine).
The photo shows the candidate and the commission members.
On the 25th March 2019, Marcella Poguntke (left in the photo) gave a workshop on intercultural competence in Germany as part of the German Week for students of the Language Centre’s programme Academic German Year. The students came from very different cultures: China, Russia, Mongolia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and South Korea.
On a journey through four interactive sections, the students discovered together what culture is, how it expresses itself in thought and action and, above all, how one’s own cultural orientation influences one’s perception of German culture.
Among other things, the participants developed the 'onion model of culture' which, layer by layer, gave rise to a colourful picture of German culture from different perspectives through their impressions and experiences. Not only did the participants learn about the background of German cultural peculiarities, but they also discussed this in relation to their own cultures. Finally, they learned from a professional case study how to deal constructively with interculturality and how to make positive use of cultural differences.
How does culture affect behaviour within organisations? What does this mean for the challenges of international assignments, teamwork, leadership and the incorporation of an ethnically diverse workforce in companies? These and other topics were developed, discussed and, to an extent, experienced in the form of role plays and case studies in the context of Dr Martina Maletzky’s seminar 'Interkulturelle Kommunikation und Kulturvergleich – Internationale Organisationen, Mobilität und Interkulturalität' from 11th–15th March 2019. The participants simulated teamwork learned first-hand how prejudices and stigmatisation affect cooperation.
At the launch of the project 'Interkulturalisten: Interkulturell denken und handeln', whose goal is the creation of an online seminar, Christina Suchi from the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern and all participants of both consortium partners met at the Chair of Intercultural Communication of the University of Passau to work together on the concept, to exchange ideas and to discuss organisational matters.
The planned online seminar will be available for students of both consortium partners as well as all students enrolled at Bavarian universities from the winter semester 2020/21.
Further information about the project will be published on our project page.
In the photo (from top left): Professor Dominic Busch, Head of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the Bundeswehr University Munich and Student Assistants Vjosa Krasniqi and Leo Meinert. Among them (from left) the participants from the University of Passau: Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Marcella Poguntke and Dorothee Jansen, and Christina Suchi from VHB.
Professor Barmeyer gave an interview with Xerfi Canal on the initiative of the Paris think tank 'La Fabrique de l'Exportation'. The interview addressed differences in German-French management and the emergence of a third, negotiated working culture that represents intercultural added value.
You can listen to the interview here.
An explanatory video for refugees, a board game for vocational schools and a brochure for educators emerged from the project seminar 'Interkulturalität im Kontext der Fluchtmigration' in the last semesters, in which a large number of students worked with body and soul. The results of the joint research project were presented in the context a joint event by the HWKNO and the Chair of Intercultural Communication. It interviewed over 100 refugees, vocational teachers, social workers and educators on the challenges of integrating refugees into the craft trades. The results served as the basis for materials that sensitise the various target groups to cultural differences and specific challenges. As part of the joint event in Regensburg, the materials were presented to around 60 participants (companies, vocational school teachers, organisations that support integration, etc.). The large supporting programme, which included a quiz on cultural differences in facial expressions and gestures (Anas Alhashmi), a talk on the impact of culture on cooperation (Dr Martina Maletzky) and critical incidents from the study (Dr Martina Maletzky) ended with a talk on German as a barrier to training, based on real-life experience (Michael Zink, Vilshofen vocational school) as well as the presentation of materials by the students (Martha Nisi, Kevin Koizol, Sarah Amsl, Laura Fees, Alix Leconte). The event also allowed the discussion of specific issues. However, a survey of sentiment amongst companies showed that around 90% of those present are (very) satisfied with the refugee trainees, and that bureaucratic and linguistic barriers are the issues with which stakeholders struggle the most.
'Are you familiar with the culture of your student or mentor?' was the question in the context of the 'interkultureller Begegnungsraum' on the 15th January 2019. Syrian and German participants competed against each other in two mixed groups and answered questions about each other’s cultures. Questions such as: 'What does the bow on the dirndl mean?'; 'What is arak made of?'; and 'What does a raised thumb mean in Afghanistan?' facilitated cultural learning and stimulated discussion and intercultural exchange over hummus and obazda.
The photo shows the workshop team, consisting of academics, stakeholders and representatives of the field in Paris, December 2018
In the seminar 'Migration, Integration und Interculturality' (lecturer: Dr Martina Maletzky), students experienced the challenges of intercultural, virtual communication up close. In a joint teaching research seminar with the University of Texas at Austin, students from the University of Passau researched issues in the context of migration and interculturality in small research projects, together with students from the US. Small projects were conducted on the importance of ethnic economies for integration in Passau (doner kebab kiosk) and Austin (taco kiosk), integration and racism in sport, barriers to naturalisation in Germany and the US, language and integration in Turkish communities in the US and Germany using 'Kiezdeutsch' and Turkish schools in the US as examples, linguistic transnationalism amongst Texas Germans, marginalisation of Muslim women in the US and Germany. The results will be presented in poster format in the IG building.
As part of his research semester, Professor Barmeyer undertook a research stay at the University of Fribourg to work on publications with his colleague, Professor Davoine, from the 27th November until the 1st December 2018. He also presented on 'Interkulturelle Tandemforschung in bi-nationalen Kontexten' in the context of the doctoral colloquium. Essentially, it is about how researchers who come from two different cultures and are familiar with the cultures in which they conduct research use their cultural and linguistic competences in the context of research. In the intercultural qualitative field research process, such as access to the object under investigation, in the conduct of research and the analysis of the results, this intercultural tandem research can lead to more diverse results than can be achieved by individual monocultural researchers.
Once again, Professor Barmeyer spent a week (19th to 23rd November 2018) at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul to work on interculturality and biculturalism together with the students of the master's degree programme 'Intercultural Management’ from both a theory-based and an applied perspective. The focus was on taking a non-judgmental meta level, and constructively shaping intercultural relations. At the end, Professor Barmeyer received a gift from the students, in keeping with the 'Turkish Teachers' Day': this day, introduced by President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 24th November 1928, has been celebrated ever since to thank teachers for their efforts in the service of education and training.
Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée was Visiting Professor in Passau from 8th to 18th November 2018 at the invitation of Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Professor at the Chair of Intercultural Communication. As part of the lecture series on Intercultural Communication and Cultural Comparison, Professor Chevrier held the lecture on 'Leadership across Cultures' for master’s students of the International Cultural and Business Studies programme on Wednesday, 14th November 2018. Another aim of the stay was to further explore the issue of integrating highly qualified immigrants into organisations and to advance a comparative European research project with colleagues from other European universities, as well as to prepare a workshop planned for this in Paris from 13th to 15th December 2018. During her stay, Professor Chevrier also took part in the celebration of the Dies Academicus of the University of Passau, and held discussions with the International Office as a representative of her university, which is now partnering with the University of Passau for an ERASMUS stay in Paris. Afterwards, interested students were able to find out about a possible stay. In addition, Professor Chevrier also attended the Chair’s meetings, such as the doctoral colloquium, during which she was able to support the Chair’s early career researchers in their respective research projects with her many years of experience. The Chair team would like to thank her for the instructive discussions and feedback on research, and looks forward to the Professor’s next visit soon.
The photo shows Professor Sylvie Chevrier and Professor Christoph Barmeyer.
Grenzüberschreitendes CSR-Management in Multinationalen Unternehmen. Identitäten, Praktiken & Strukturen vor dem Hintergrund institutioneller Komplexität' at the Dies Academicus on the 40th anniversary of the University of Passau. Dr Öttl’s thesis not only offers substantial new insights into the cross-border CSR management of multinational companies – and therefore also important impulses for its practical design: it also raises (normative) questions about the 'adequate' frame of reference for assessing and shaping corporate social responsibility. In 2017, Dr Öttl completed his 'Passau course' with his excellent thesis, which is entirely in the tradition of cultural thinking in Passau, and he has since been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Management Department of Aarhus Universitet/Denmark.
In the photo (from the left) Dr Sebastian Öttl, Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Johannes Lechner, Member of the Management Board of Sparda Bank Ostbayern eG.
Latinagua in Punta de Tralca (Chile) with 27 young people from South America. The simulation game was developed by students of the University of Passau in the context of a master's seminar at the Chair in the winter semester 2017/2018 (see 'Activities') and selected by the PASCH Initiative of the Goethe Institut Argentina (Jörg Müller) for the youth camp in Chile. The PASCH Initiative 'Schulen: Partner der Zukunft' networks more than 1,800 schools worldwide where German is taught. The PASCH school students from five countries on the continent came to the small coastal town to further improve their German language skills.
Latinagua focuses on the sustainable use and awareness of water as a resource. The aim of the simulation game is to provide different facilities and services with clean water. This is done by solving various tasks (drawing, knowledge and estimation questions) as well as handling cases and scenarios in small groups. The players were able to expand their German vocabulary and their knowledge of water as a resource during the camp. Together with our professors, the Goethe Institut team, the polyspektiv team from Berlin and volunteers from Kulturweit, the young people learned what it means to build cultural bridges far away from home, to connect nations and to make friends.
On the 11th and 12th October 2018, the Chair of Intercultural Communication hosted the international colloquium 'Creativity and Innovation in Urban Ecosystems – Munich and Montreal in Comparison', in cooperation with Québec's HEC Montréal Business School. The participants discussed questions about urban innovation ecosystems and their influence on creativity and innovation at the University of Passau. The detailed report can be found here.
Innovation Lab. There, they were welcomed by 18 apprentices in the application systems division and msg working students. Two Indian students of the master’s programme in Computer Science, who were at different training phases and had diverse cultural backgrounds, also joined this group in order to experience the simulation game Latinagua together for the first time. Under the direction of Rebecca Gramlich and Constanze Rath, who were also involved in the development, the player teams, split into four city districts, playfully learned more about the sustainable use of water as a resource. In addition to imparting exciting factual knowledge, the game makes complex relationships tangible and promotes decision-making skills, team spirit, strategic thinking and the environmental awareness of the players. Latinagua was developed in an advanced seminar by master’s students at the Chair of Intercultural Communication in the winter semester 2017/2018. In order to reach even more international groups, Latinagua will be digitised as part of the funding provided by the University of Passau’s Teaching Innovation Pool, with the help of Chair Professor Harald Kosch (Computer Science with a focus on Distributed Information Systems). In the end, the players provided valuable insights on how to design the planned digitisation of the simulation game, with which they once again managed to successfully build on the cooperation between the University of Passau and msg systems AG.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Barmeyer and Sina Grosskopf traveled to Paris in September 2018 for a first research meeting at the Université Marne-La-Vallée to meet Professor Sylvie Chevrier. They laid the foundation for a planned research project with scientists from different European countries and prepared the program for a first joint workshop in December 2018. The trip was financed by BayFrance (Franco-Bavarian University cooperation center) to initiate research collaborations. At this point we would like to thank this helpful support!
As its name suggests, the idea for the simulation game's 'story' originated on Passau's Innwiese. The stakeholders, whose roles the players play in the simulation game, are also built into the context of Passau to make the game as realistic as possible. The four roles (City of Passau, students, an NGO and a company) each have a – different – construction project that they would like to realise on the Innwiese. For this, they need resources that can be earned through questions and activities. But the avoidance of waste also plays an important role ...
Professor Christoph Barmeyer and master’s student Saskia Kowalski explain more about the simulation game in the video.
The section focused on the role of cultures and interculturality in the regulation of organisational processes and social interactions. More specifically, it addressed how cultural knowledge is developed and used to shape intercultural interfaces. Thus, the role of (bi-cultural) 'boundary spanners', who are able to overcome cultural differences and bring them to new synergistic solutions, was addressed. The interesting research contributions – mostly context-related qualitative case studies – from different cultural backgrounds dealt with interculturality and language in and between countries such as Vietnam, Russia, Japan, China, France, Germany and Hungary.
Staff and student assistants of the Chair presented the Chair’s current projects on research and teaching with a stand on 'Interkulturalität erforschen und gestalten'.
Several academic posters on current projects offered an insight into the versatile activities of the team around Prof. Barmeyer:
it included exhibits on creative cities in a cultural comparison between Munich and Montréal (with Maria Wilhelm and Madeleine Bausch); the integration of refugees into craft trades (with Dr Martina Maletzky);
the 'interkultureller Begegnungsraum' (with Susanne Dierl and Anas Alhashmi); and also the student-designed simulation game Latinagua (with Sina Großkopf).
In the section 'Interkulturalität erfahren und reflektieren', Prof. Barmeyer also conducted the Culture Alley – an interactive intercultural simulation that raises awareness of cultural differences and trains sensitivity towards other cultural systems.
There was also some food, including American cupcakes and Brazilian pão de queijo.
His doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Barmeyer, is titled 'Integration in Organisationen – Integration durch Organisationen. Fallstudienbasierte Entwicklung eines organisationszentrierten Integrationsansatzes am Beispiel hochqualifizierter Migranten in kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen'.
Andreas Landes carried out four qualitative case studies in German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the basis of an interpretive paradigm, interviews with highly qualified migrants, human resource managers and members of management and a comprehensive document analysis. On one hand, the results of the work show how organisations work as a resource for migrants. In the sense of a direct integration function, they impart practical, social as well as cultural knowledge about the local, regional and national context of a company and also about the symbolic connections and legitimisation structures of this social environment. On the other hand, organisations also provide roles and positions that are primarily important for the professional context in the sense of an indirect integration function, but also for the status of migrants within the host society, as well as for their personal identity formation.
On the one hand, the doctoral thesis, which was awarded the top grade, gives impetus to the further academic-systematic deepening of the role of the labour market in the integration process; on the other hand, it provides opportunities for further practical use of the results in the organisational development process of SMEs, in which companies should assume social responsibility for the integration of immigrants.
The second supervisor of the doctoral thesis was Professor Volker Stein (University of Siegen), and the third supervisor was Professor Rodrigo Isidor (University of Passau).
The photo shows (from left) the Vice Dean Professor Bernhard Stahl, Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Andreas Landes and second supervisor Professor Volker Stein (University of Siegen)
On the 30th May 2018, students of the University of Passau, participants of the Refugee Programme and invited guests celebrated a joint breaking of the fast. Five participants of the Refugee Programme prepared typical meals together. Guests complemented the buffet with food they brought themselves. In an exuberant atmosphere, various participants gained a close insight into how the tradition of fast-breaking is practiced in the refugees’ countries of origin. The event was introduced by talks on the background and the performance of Ramadan, especially in Syria. As is the tradition, the buffet was opened after sunset.
Estrada designed a block of sessions for the seminar 'Arbeit, Organisation und (Inter)Kultur in Mexiko'. He presented his current research findings on the shadow economy and migration in Mexico using the example of 'semaforistas' (traffic-light sellers), clowns and musicians in public transport. The unregulated black economy is an important economic factor in Mexico. It accounts for almost 60% of the working population and (temporarily) helps many people to escape unemployment, but is also a very risky and precarious activity.
On the evening of Wednesday, 9th May 2018, the 'Refugee Talk' format of the 'interkultureller Begegnungsraum' went into a new round: three participants of the Refugee Programme and one Syrian student led interesting talks on the complex topic of 'stereotypes, prejudices and racism'. Speaker Muaaz Almeziab opened the meeting with an exciting talk on the legal status of women in public and in private life. He demonstrated the efforts and achievements of Syrian society for gender equality and emphasised the high status of women in the family and the public sector. Following this, Amal Bakkari talked about the education situation and the labour market participation of Syrian women, and surprised the audience with valuable information on the important role of women as a valuable work force in the Syrian economy and an indispensable source of income within the family network. Fatima Hammal rounded off the section 'Frauen in Syrien' with a presentation on the typical life situation of Syrian students, as well as dating and weddings in Syria. She also self-confidently answered questions about the controversial topic of headscarves, and called for more tolerance for personal life choices. The event was concluded by Ahmad Alshlash, who is studying in the second semester of Computer Science at the University of Passau. On the basis of his personal experience as a refugee, he described in detail which of his ideas about Germany ultimately turned out to be correct or inaccurate, and how he gets along with his relatives in Germany. All the speakers impressed with their confident presentations as well as their detailed research content. We expressly thank them for their commitment and the courage to speak freely in German in front of an audience!
Professor Eric Davoine from the Chair of Personnel Management and Organisation, University of Fribourg, visited the Chair of Intercultural Communication in the context of the Visiting Scholars programme from 29th April until 12th May 2018. The aim of his research stay was to further the joint research and publication projects of the German-French 'Research Tandem', which has by now published around 30 articles and conference papers on interculturality in international and German-French organisations in German, French and English. Topics included knowledge management of repatriates in multinational companies, intercultural research in binational organisations and intercultural integration of migrants in organisations. Professor Davoine gave a talk on 'Schweizer Host Country Effekte von Management-Praktiken multinationaler Unternehmen' on the 2nd May 2018, met colleagues and participated in the Doctoral Colloquium on 3rd May 2018, where he gave the doctoral students much valuable feedback on their research.
The photo shows Professor Davoine (2nd from left) with the Chair staff, as well as internal and external doctoral students at the doctoral seminar on 2nd May 2018.
On 3rd May 2018, Dr Martina Maletzky gave a keynote speech on specific challenges in the integration of women at the symposium 'Integration von Frauen mit Migrationshintergrund' in Bad Füssing. The presentation showed that women caught in traditional gender roles encounter specific barriers to language acquisition, access to the labour market and learning, which public and other institutions should target to make the most of the potential of female immigrants.
On Saturday, 21st April 2018, Dr Maletzky led an intercultural workshop in cooperation with the ESG, the Evangelical Adult Education and Diakonie Passau. The aim was to give stakeholders in refugee work an insight into culture and culturally influenced behaviour and to specifically address questions and challenges in relation to cooperating with refugees. Student cultural experts Mahlet Adnew (Ethiopia), Shafiq Mohammad Rasuli (Afghanistan) and Moh. Anas Alhashmi (Syria) responded to questions about culture-specific knowledge.
On the 18th April 2018, the first 'Refugee Talk' took place as part of the 'interkultureller Begegnungsraum' project. As part of the series of events, participants of the Refugee Programme give presentations on their home countries or intercultural topics. The event takes place biweekly.
Université Paris-Est, Professor Christoph Barmeyer visited Paris as a Visiting Professor from 4th to 24th March 2018. The aim of the stay was to conduct research on the integration of highly qualified immigrants in organisations and to initiate a comparative European research project with colleagues from other European universities. During his stay, Professor Barmeyer actively participated in various events and meetings, such as the German-French Research Services of the humanities and social sciences in France and Germany with the support of the DFG/ANR at Maison Suger, that of Université Paris-Est on the attitude of human resources managers as well as preparatory work for a new book project by Philippe D’Iribarne’s research group Gestion & Société.
He also gave talks on 'Industrielle Beziehungen in Deutschland' (16th March 2018) at Université Paris-Est and on 'Deutsch-französische Arbeitsbeziehungen' (21st March 2018) at the Paris Think Tank Fabrique de l’Exportation. He also conducted cooperation talks with CIERA and other colleagues from Paris in research and teaching.
The photo shows Professor Sylvie Chevrier and Professor Christoph Barmeyer
analogue board game developed in the first step is now to be developed into a digitalonline version in order to gain a wider reach and to promote mutual intercultural learning. A cross-faculty cooperation is planned between the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics.
A highlight of this year's events offered by the Refugee Programme took place on Saturday, 2nd December 2017: in glaring sunshine followed by snowfall, the programme participants visited the Tree-top Walk in Maibrunn near St. Englmar in the Bavarian Forest, together with a few of the mentors. The buddy-couples not only enjoyed a wonderful view of the surroundings from a height of 30 metres, but also discussed everyday life at the university and progress with learning German over mulled wine, coffee and a children's punch. In addition to numerous animal and plant exhibits, popular photo opportunities especially included the local alpacas and llamas, which were met with great enthusiasm among many participants.
Students conduct theoretically sound practical projects in refugee aid as part of the project seminar 'Studieren und Engagieren'. In this context, Daria Senft and Nina Kunze created the 'Fahrradcafé' project in cooperation with the Asylcafé and the Zeughaus. Here, refugees and other residents of Passau can repair bikes together under the guidance of professionals and purchase a repaired bike for a symbolic price. The aim is not only to facilitate mobility, but above all to create symmetrical contact zones in which immigrants interact with the local population. The Fahrradcafé takes place in the Zeughaus once a month.
In the week of 06.11.2017, Professor Oscar Calderón visited Passau with a group of Mexican students from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla to participate in the Chair’s activities and to get to know the University of Passau. In addition to attending seminars, the students presented their planned theses and spent a German-Mexican evening with students from the University of Passau. Dr Martina Maletzky and Oscar Calderón gave presentations on diversity and migration in Mexico and Germany. Unofficially, the evening ended with international snacks and getting to know each other.
amongst others, how cultural prejudices, reservations and stereotypes can be reduced; how intercultural competence can be conveyed and who can support this; which intercultural offers and opportunities for encounters there are in the city and district of Passau; how they can be better communicated and disseminated; and which new forms and offers for encounters are needed for a better coexistence. A report of the results can be requested from the association 'Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa'.
The DAAD-funded project 'Interkultureller Begegnungsraum' started in the winter semester with an inaugural event under the direction of Dr Maletzky on 25th October 2017. According to the motto 'An answer to every question', the idea of this event was to stimulate peer-learning and to clarify questions about studying and everyday problems together. The 'interkultureller Begegnungsraum' project aims to create contact zones for refugees of the Refugee Programme who are capable of study and German mentors. On the one hand, it hopes to promote the acquisition of culture-specific knowledge, and on the other hand, a wide variety of events that promote intercultural contact are planned. The project is supported by Susanne Dierl and Anas Alhashmi, who are available to assist with questions and suggestions.
On Monday, the 16th October 2017, Professor Barmeyer of the Chair of Intercultural Communication welcomed a group of German Studies students from the University of Sarajevo. Under the direction of Professor Vedad Smailagić, the 15 students familiarised themselves with the culture and language of Germany on a two-week excursion and, amongst other places, stopped here in Passau, Freiburg and Mannheim. The focus of the dialogue was the exchange between contents and practices of German linguistics in Bosnia-Herzegovina and cultural studies and economics at the University of Passau.
Munich and Montréal are considered creative and innovative cities with an increasing number of innovative start-ups. Therefore, Professor Christoph Barmeyer embarked on a stay in Montréal from 20th September until 3rd October 2017 to conduct comparative cultural research on creative cities.
The aim of the research project is to compare the key stakeholders of the creative ecosystem and to trace the emergence and the path of ideas and innovations that spread from start-ups to larger city organisations and the regional environment.
The project, which is supported by the governments of Bavaria and Québec, is comparatively designed, also because Québec and Bavaria have been cultivating intensive economic, political and cultural cooperation for many years.
Professor Barmeyer interviewed key stakeholders such as start-ups, incubators, companies and academic institutions and took part in various events together with Professor Allain Joly from HEC Montréal and Maria Wilhelm, a Cultural Studies master’s student at the Chair of Intercultural Communication.
The programme also included an exchange of information with Benjamin Emans, Head of the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Québec, and Ms Lea Pfäffel of the Bavarian Research Alliance (Photo).
In the photo (from left to right) Benjamin Emans, Christoph Barmeyer, Lea Pfäffel, Maria Wilhelm and Allain Joly. Source: Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Québec
Amongst other things, the increased influx of people with flight and migration backgrounds has led to companies and educational institutions facing the long-term challenge of coordinating an increasingly multi-faceted staff and student body. The Chair of Intercultural Communication of the University of Passau and the Lower Bavaria-Upper Palatinate Chamber of Crafts are accompanying the entry of refugees into the professional life in the framework of a research project. The aim of the project seminar (48550j), which has already been running over several semesters, is to describe the challenges faced by the individual stakeholders (people with a refugee background, training institutions and companies) from their perspective and to empirically record the results. The results are to be reflected to the participants in the form of a video, brochure or workshop.
The contact persons are Angela Sedlmaier (apprenticeships officer for young people with a refugee background, vocational training division) of the Chamber of Crafts and Dr Martina Maletzky (Academic Adviser) of the Chair of Intercultural Communication.
The photo shows Sebastian Öttl (4th from the right), supervisor Professor Christoph Barmeyer (3rd from the right), third supervisor Professor Eric Davoine (2nd from the right) and former colleagues at the Chair
2017. The section mainly focused on how cultural diversity in multinational organisations is mastered at interfaces, in particular how recontextualisation takes place in international transfer processes and what role stakeholders play as intercultural interfaces. The photo shows the three organisers of the working group and (right) Jean-Pierre Segal, Université Paris-Dauphine.
The start-up centre currently offers around 60 start-ups and small businesses the opportunity to rent office space, to test product developments, to experiment with experts from technology and science and to benefit from networking effects at the centre.
During the visit, the participants of the master’s seminar were given insights into the history and infrastructure of the centre and the Munich Technical University campus from the director and managing director, Mr Christian Heckemann. Three innovative start-ups also presented their businesses and talked about their involvement in local networks. The excursion served as a practical insight into creativity, innovation and the regional involvement of organisations, which are discussed alongside other topics in the advanced seminar.
The topic of the public panel discussion on 13th June 2017, organised jointly by the Chair of Intercultural Communication and the founders of the BETO app, Julia Lohfink and Constanze Seibel, was how integration – one of the greatest intercultural challenges of Western societies – can be constructively shaped.
After a brief introduction to the basic interdependencies of social integration and migration research by Dr Martina Maletzky (Chair of Intercultural Communication), projects from the region were introduced that illustrate how integration can be shaped through education, work and culture. Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Julia Lohfink, Constanze Seibel, Dr Martina Maletzky and Alisha Kress, Directors of the project seminar 'Fluchtmigration und Interkulturalität' (University), Passau students Muhammed Maher Qawas, Mohammed Najjar and Mohammed Anas Alhashmi (all three with refugee backgrounds), as well as Angela Sedlmaier, Apprenticeship Officer for young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors (Lower Bavaria-Upper Palatinate Chamber of Crafts) took part in the ensuing panel discussion. The inspiring evening event, which showed a variety of perspectives and in which the audience actively participated, was moderated by Katrina Jordan, Press Officer of the University of Passau. An article on this event can be found in the Passauer Neue Presse.
including in the prestigious International Business Review. He held talks with numerous stakeholders in this Franco-German joint venture at the German ambassador's headquarters in Palais Beauharnais, including Alleo employees from Germany and France, Alleo CEO Frank Hoffmann and representatives of Deutsche Bahn and SNCF.
Open questions are subsequently clarified and the contents dialogically and interactively deepened in the face-to-face session, as in this example, the topic of intercultural personnel and organisational development based on a case study on the internationalisation of the fictional 'Innwiese GmbH'. Students are asked to assume the roles of HR managers, production managers, researchers and developers and external organisational development consultants and, based on what they have learned, enforce their arguments and points of view for Innwiese GmbH's 2020 internationalisation strategy.
Together with co-authors Professor Eric Davoine and Clelia Rossi (Université Fribourg), Professor Christoph Barmeyer received the award for the best academic paper for the contribution 'Retaining repatriate knowledge at the crossroad between Global Knowledge Management and Global Talent Management' at the international ATLAS/AFMI Conference, the French-speaking Association for International Management Research 2017 in Antananarivo (Madagascar).
Sebastian Hüsch, Professor of History of Ideas at the University of Aix-en-Provence and Programme Leader of the German-French double master’s ICBS/LEA programme, attended a co-ordination meeting at the Chair of Intercultural Communication at the University of Passau from the 15th to the 17th May 2017. The occasion for the meeting was an exchange with the current year’s German and French students, who will spend the next academic year at the University of Aix-en-Provence and an information event for undergraduate students who may choose this master’s degree programme, which permits both a German and a French degree.
The aim of the training was (1) to raise awareness of one's own and German cultural peculiarities; (2) to convey relevant cultural knowledge about German culture; and (3) to contribute to constructive intercultural relations.
The intercultural training was conducted with refugees from Syria, Iraq and Iran who are completing the Refugee Programme at the University of Passau. The participants had a very high level of German and could quickly be integrated in universities or the labour market. For the students, the seminar offered the opportunity to independently put knowledge from intercultural research into practice, and thereby achieve a special learning and success effect. Thus, the students experienced the entire 'value added chain' of professional and academically founded intercultural competence development – from clarification of the task to the conception up to implementation.
For students and migrants, this meant that through the training, both sides came into contact and exchange with each other, getting to know each other, getting closer to each other's cultures and learning from each other.
with her teaching concept 'Studieren und engagieren' At the heart of the concept is combining theoretical content with civic engagement in refugee support. Based on their acquired knowledge of intercultural communication and migration, students should design and implement their own projects in the field of refugee support that should be as sustainable as possible. This will make it possible for students to obtain a seminar and project certificate, to deepen their competencies in the area of project planning and management as well as to implement theoretical content in socially relevant fields.
On 15th December 2016, Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Andreas Landes presented the results of a qualitative case study on the role of organisations in the integration process. ConSol Consulting & Solutions GmbH in Munich is a medium-sized IT consulting and development service provider and has been employing highly qualified foreign employees for many years.
As part of Andreas Landes’ doctoral project, he conducted 11 interviews with immigrant specialists and the management at ConSol and carried out a document analysis. The results were presented to the management, operational human resources management and the public relations division. These then provided for a lively discussion on the role of organisational culture and intercultural integration processes.
The case study showed that an appreciative corporate culture based on professional qualifications and organisational identity facilitates intercultural interaction, and thus not only facilitates intercultural integration in the organisation, but also in the broader social environment.
Professor Christoph Barmeyer participated in a German-French research studio from 17th to 19th November 2016, organised by Professor Stefan Schmid (ESCP Berlin) and Professor Ulrike Mayrhofer (University of Lyon). Doctoral and post-doctoral students from France and Germany presented projects on various internationalisation topics as part of their doctoral and research work. Professor Barmeyer gave a lecture on the challenges of intercultural research and moderated bi-cultural group work on the basis of a case study on German-French leadership behaviour, including a cultural and institutional explanatory analysis.
From 31st October until 4th November 2016, Professor Barmeyer was at the Turkish-German University (TGU) in Istanbul and held the lecture 'Interkulturelles Management' for the fourth time since the foundation of the University. Chair staff Andreas Landes and Dr Martina Maletzky also contributed lessons to the Intercultural Management programme. On the initiative of Professor Izzet Furgaç (coordinator of the Turkish-German University Consortium), Professor Barmeyer attended a reception held by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Istanbul and exchanged views on German-Turkish relations with Professor Marianne Braig (Free University Berlin), Dr Ruth Lang (Head of Central Administration at the German Bundestag) and the Member of Parliament Petra Ernstberger. The occasion was the awarding of the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IBS), which enables candidates from 41 countries to shadow members of parliament during their parliamentary work and to study at a university in Berlin.
The photo shows the fourth year of the Intercultural Management programme with Professor Barmeyer and guest speakers Clemens Blanke (Uzay) and Boris Buchner (Monozukuri Institute, Crazy Aenigma).
Research stay by Professor Allain Joly as part of the Visiting Scholar programme in the winter semester 2016/2017, HEC Montréal.
From 29th September until 17th October 2016, Professor Allain Joly, HEC Montréal, visited the Chair of Intercultural Communication to work on a joint research project together with Professor Christoph Barmeyer. The project seeks to explore the relationship and cultural-institutional-specific potential of global creative cities and multinationals in terms of creativity and innovation processes, taking a contextualised and (cultural) comparative perspective based on the cities of Montreal and Munich. The aim of the study is to examine strategic, cultural-structural and intercultural-process-oriented aspects of creativity and innovation in the context of Global Creative Cities, i.e. their characteristics, their functioning and the results they produce.
The visit was supported by the Welcome Centre of the University of Passau, which supports visits by foreign visiting scholars.
International and Cultural Business Studies/Langues Etrangères Appliquées of the Universities of Passau and Aix-Marseille. The programme prepares German and French students for their stays in Passau and, above all, for their studies.
In the programme, which has run for many years and is funded by the German-French University, students acquire comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of cultural and economic sciences, foreign languages and intercultural research with a focus on German and French. The double master's degree, which includes two national academic diplomas, makes the graduates particularly interesting for the German and French labour markets, especially at interfaces between German-French organisations.
kommunikation' and the advanced seminar' Organisationen und Management im Film – Interkulturelle Organisationsforschung', the discussion formed the practice-oriented conclusion of the summer semester. The panel discussion featured Dr Armin Bender (Managing Director of MSG Passau), Thomas Pannkoke (independent shipping company director) and Robert Firmhofer (Head of the City of Passau Central Office). They provided insights into the challenges and synergy potential of interculturalism in their work environments. Comparing profit and non-profit, public service and business enterprises, as well as specific contexts such as inland shipping, the peculiarities of the organisational context and its effects on dealing with interculturality became particularly clear. The panel was moderated by Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Chair employee Andreas Landes.
Deutsch-französische Beziehungen im Wandel der Repräsentationen: Von 'Douce France' zu 'Wir sind Charlie' (LV-No. 48490).
Dr Teissier’s teaching and research activities focus on German-French relations, cultural transfer and mediation, political and social systems in comparison, feminism and gender in Germany and France and European remembrance culture and discourses. She was also French coordinator of the Aix-Passau double master’s ICBS-LEA programme from 2012-2015.
There have been close exchanges between the Universities of Passau and Aix-Marseille for decades, which is reflected in joint double degrees, courses and projects (such as conferences and publications).
Je me souviens ... Lieux de mémoire et récits identitaires' and to exchange with colleagues and students on francophony in North America.
Professor Kolboom was Professor of French Studies and Francophony at TU Dresden from 1994 to 2012, where he also held the post of Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Franco-Canadian and Franco-American Research Québec – Saxony (CIFRAQS).
Kolboom's research focuses on French social and contemporary history, politics and culture, German-French relations, European security policy, Québec politics, history, culture and literature, and international francophony. He has published numerous works on these topics and received important prizes, such as an honorary doctorate from the Université du Québec in Montréal (honouring his achievements in Québec-related research), the French National Order of Merit (Ordre national du Mérite) and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Innovation as a central element in the development and modernisation of social systems, such as organisations or societies, has been a high priority in academic research for many decades. Katharina Krüth's doctoral thesis examines social interaction and institutional framework conditions that are of central importance for innovation processes on the basis of qualitative case studies. In her work, 'Regionale Innovationsnetzwerke in Frankreich. Das Zusammenspiel von Nähe, Kooperation und Lernen innerhalb der pôles de compétitivité', the author addresses the nature and functioning of collaborative relationships within French regional innovation networks. In doing so, she examines the extent to which spatial proximity, cooperation and learning actually follow one another in line with the expectation of innovation policy instruments.
The second supervisor of the doctoral thesis was Professor Martin Heidenreich, Jean Monnet Chair for European Studies in Social Sciences, University of Oldenburg (in the picture, right, beside the candidate Katharina Krüth).
Conditions for the success of civic engagement in the integration of refugees.
On 23rd January 2016, Dr Martina Maletzky gave a lecture to German Study Foundation scholarship recipients and explored the question of the conditions under which civic engagement in refugee support can be successful. A remarkable civil society involvement in refugee support can be observed in the wake of the rapid increase in refugee flows in 2015. At the same time, not all initiatives are successful and, in some cases, they can have a negative impact due to the asymmetrical setting, the strict orientation towards a leading culture and lack of orientation towards refugee perspectives. The results of the study were presented, which elaborate the premises of successful intercultural contact and which are intended to be integrated by the participants into refugee support projects.
The course included both basic and current concepts of intercultural management and illustrated these through case studies focusing on multinational companies. Particular attention was paid to finding culture-adequate solutions to problems and appropriate intercultural negotiations. This was also clear from the two practical guest lectures by Clemens Blanke (Uzay) on intercultural marketing and Boris Buchner (Crazy Aenigma) on lean management.
The photo shows Professor Barmeyer with the student group and the guest speakers, Clemens Blanke and Boris Buchner.
How can the police organisation use the intercultural potential of officers returning from international assignments? Under what conditions does intercultural competence develop? Which inhibitory and beneficial factors on intercultural competence development are the basis for an international police assignment, and which knowledge management instruments make it possible to feed intercultural knowledge into the organisational learning process? Dr Maletzky addressed these and other questions during her talk at the German Police University in Münster on 27th October 2015. It is important to note that international assignments pose major challenges to stakeholders and intercultural competence development takes place under difficult conditions, but organisational learning has great potential in terms of process, role and structural knowledge. It is important to make use of these potentials as an organisation in order to provide returnees with a sufficient degree of recognition on the one hand, but also to establish sustainable structures for productive intercultural interactions on the other.
'Ähnlichkeit in der Differenz – Kulturelle Schlüsselbegriffe im deutsch-französischen Kontext'
Professor Christoph Barmeyer of the Chair of Intercultural Communication organised a German-French conference on cultural key concepts (Programme) together with colleagues from the University of Aix-en-Provence – Dr Catherine Teissier and Professor Nicole Colin – from 8th–9th October 2015.
Key concepts that describe social phenomena refer to the historical and institutional characteristics of a society, its practices and its cultural values. While their complexity and ambiguity are not apparent in everyday use, they are becoming increasingly apparent in an intercultural context because word meaning can undergo change and lead to misinterpretation.
The interdisciplinary conference, which brought together renowned German and French scholars and contrasted and analysed key concepts from media, culture, literature, society and business, saw itself as an intercultural forum for exchange, understanding and further thinking. The German-French contrast is exemplary for Europe.
The conference, conceived by Professor Barmeyer and Sebastian Öttl and scheduled for June 2013, was originally meant to have been held at the University of Passau, but fell through due to the historic flood. Instead, it took place at the University of Aix-en-Provence, with which the University of Passau has had close connections for decades.
The conference was aimed not only at professors and postgraduate students, but also at students, in particular those from the German-French master's ICBS/LEA programme (Aix Marseille Université and University of Passau), which the conference organisers, Christoph Barmeyer and Catherine Teissier, have managed since 2012 together with Antje Jansen (Aix) and Sebastian Öttl (Passau). The students also actively contributed to the conference with several presentations. In addition to other French organisations, the conference was supported by the Franco-Bavarian University Cooperation Centre in Munich. Final Report!
At the invitation of the Echanges Research Centre (Professor Florence Bancaud and Dr Catherine Teissier), Professor Barmeyer visited the Maison de la Recherche at the University of Aix-en-Provence from 23rd September until 10th October 2015. The visit had a variety of goals: first, to present and discuss the research projects on negotiated culture and constructive intercultural management and their results to a francophone audience. Secondly, the visit facilitated a variety of coordination meetings with students and professors of the double master's ICBS/LEA programme, funded by the German-French University with the University of Passau. Third, an international, interdisciplinary colloquium on German-French key concepts on the topic 'Ähnlichkeit in der Differenz – Kulturelle Schlüsselbegriffe im deutsch-französischen Kontext' was prepared and carried out from 8th–9th October 2015.
(The photo shows, from left to right: Christoph Barmeyer, Catherine Teissier, Sebastian Hüsch, Andreas Landes, Sebastian Öttl)
Université de Paris-Est) and Prof. Laurence Romani (Stockholm School of Economics), Prof. Christoph Barmeyer participated in the EGOS Conference 'Organisations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility' at the ALBA Graduate Business School in Athens from 2nd–4th July 2015. As a sociologically oriented academic association, EGOS – European Group for Organisational Studies – has been getting organisational researchers together every year for more than three decades. The topic of the section was 'When Reason is not Enough: Intercultural Competence Acquisition and Use'. The focus was on the forms – especially reflexive – that intercultural competence takes and which contexts, such as, for example, virtual teamwork or universities, promote reflexivity. The section was attended by over 20 participants from different countries and presented interesting questions and case studies.
Swiss National Science Foundation. He has been working at the Chair of Human Resource Management and Organisation (Professor Eric Davoine) at the University of Fribourg since 2012. His research topics include the integration of international employees and executives in Switzerland, cultural differences in the professional environment as well as gender issues in organisations and careers. His stay in Passau serves to complete his doctoral thesis, to complete a joint publication with Professors Davoine and Barmeyer, to gain teaching experience with a German-speaking student audience and to exchange views with the Chair’s Research Assistants and doctoral students.
10th February 2015. Thanks to Third Mayor Robert Grübl and his dedicated circle of helpers, they gained a deeper insight into volunteer work for refugees as well as moving insights into the life and flight stories of some of the young asylum seekers from Syria and Afghanistan. As part of the excursion, the students presented practical projects developed on the basis of the theoretical perspective of the contact hypothesis that could foster increasing and positive contact between asylum seekers and the population in return. In the future, further practical projects and internships will be created from this cooperation.
2nd February 2015 to get an idea of the management of international assignments in practice. The Goethe Institut Munich has a comprehensive secondment management division, since many employees work abroad as cultural ambassadors. The theoretical challenges of international assignments were contrasted with the practice in discussions with HR director Ms Walz-Jäger. After an invitation to lunch, the group returned having gained some interesting insights.
17th to 18th January 2015. In the specially-designed business simulation game, in which mainly German and French students of the double master’s programme in Cultural and Business Studies at Passau-Aix-en-Provence participated, the students were able to expand and apply their intercultural skills as well as their business knowledge. In this way, the students got to know the specifics of French and German management culture, analyse interculturality in a corporate context and develop solutions, and were able to apply important skills such as leadership, time management and communication in a Franco-German context.
Intercultural simulation games are an innovative and integrative form of intercultural learning because the holistic behaviour-oriented pedagogy of the simulation game approach enables effective playful and sustainable learning.
8th–12th December 2014, Professor Barmeyer visited the Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership Research Institute at the prestigious Handelshögskolan in Stockholm to work on a research cooperation with Professor Laurence Romani and to write a book contribution on intercultural management for the edited volume by Professors Petia Genkova and Tobias Ringeisen, 'Diversity Kompetenz'. As part of his visit, Professor Barmeyer met various researchers from the Institute, including doctoral students working on intercultural topics, such as Katharina Pilhofer. The photo shows Katharina Pilhofer, Professor Laurence Romani and Professor Christoph Barmeyer.
17th to the 21st November 2014, Prof. Barmeyer taught in the second year of the master's programme in 'Intercultural Management' at the Turkish-German University (TGU) in Istanbul. The 16 participants with German, German-Turkish and Turkish socialisation backgrounds were familiarised with topics such as intercultural management research, intercultural knowledge management, organisational culture and international transfer, comparative culture leadership and negotiated culture and intercultural synergy. At the end, they worked on raising the awareness of the particular resources of bicultural people – such as multilingualism, meta-cognition and intercultural competence – and their constructive use in international organisations.
Clemens Blanke, Marketing Director of the traditional Turkish detergent manufacturer Uzay, spoke about intercultural marketing as a guest speaker and shared his personal intercultural wealth of experience of management in Turkey and Japan with the students. In addition to classical inputs from Prof. Barmeyer, the course also involved the application of dialogical and participatory methods that activated the participants, such as case studies, simulations and systemic interventions.
28th to the 29th October 2014, a group of 19 students from the Human Resource Management and Global Staffing master’s programme at Université Paris-Marne-la-Vallée (IAE Gustave Eiffel) visited the University of Passau. The occasion was a multi-day study trip under the direction of Professor Sylvie Chevrier and Professor Catherine Maman on 'Intercultural Training and Developing Cross-Cultural Competences'.
As part of their stay, the group visited Passau ICUnet.AG and met representatives of the University’s Centre for Careers and Competencies (ZKK), amongst other things. In addition, exchange and interaction with students of our double master’s ICBS-LEA were in the foreground. Together, they discussed the challenges of global mobility in the context of intercultural HR management and, at the same time, tested and discussed the possible uses of intercultural simulations. We thank our French guests and our students for the fruitful and inspiring exchange.
Professor Barmeyer and Barbara Agha-Alikhani took part in the 'Wissenschaft trifft Wirtschaft im interkulturellen Dialog' Symposium organised by Professor Ernst Struck at the Turkish-German University (TDU) Istanbul from 19th-21st October 2014. The aim of the symposium was to look at new phenomena and developments in intercultural management from a practical as well as research-oriented perspective, and at the same time to promote Turkish-German dialogue between students, researchers and managers of both countries. Representatives from business and politics were present for this purpose, as well as scholars from the partner university in Passau, who teach at the TDU in the 'Intercultural Management' (IKM) master's programme.
On the second day of the symposium, participants were invited to company tours at Mercedes-Benz Turkey and SIEMENS. A joint closing event summarised the findings from research and industry. Full programme
Professor Barmeyer gave his talk 'Interkulturelles Management: Praxis, Forschung und aktuelle Themenfelder' on the Tuesday and moderated the visit to SIEMENS on the Wednesday.
summer semester 2014.
The aim of the innovative interdisciplinary and experience-oriented seminar is to promote key intercultural competencies such as changes of perspective, role distance, empathy and flexibility through the use of board simulation games developed by the students themselves. Here, an interesting aspect is that cultural differences, intercultural conflicts and their effects on processes can be represented so that the players experience the direct consequences of their behaviour (success or failure).
Following on from a theoretical block session dealing with the genesis, models and methods of simulation games and interculturality, as well as intercultural competence, the students elaborate their own board game in three different project teams, which is played in the last session by their classmates and seminar leaders. The following short film shows excerpts and impressions from the seminar.
16th-19th June 2014. In addition to the two lectures held by Prof. Stein at the University of Passau, 'Embeddedness von Organisationen' and 'Führung internationaler virtueller Teams', the aim was to work on joint research and publication projects at the intersection of interculturality and organisational research.
Professor Volker Stein teaches and conducts research on strategic personnel management, intercultural personnel management, the management of International Virtual Teams (IVTs), personnel management and organisational management in SMEs, decentralised organisations and the governance logic of universities and education systems. In 2013, he published the volume 'Interkulturelle Wettbewerbsstrategien' with Professor Christian Scholz.
beginning of April 2014. Prof. Delmestri attended for a first exchange of ideas with Prof. Christoph Barmeyer and Andreas Landes. At the meeting, they collected possible approaches and directions for a joint project for the intercultural integration of highly qualified specialists. The aim is to integrate common competencies in intercultural organisation and management research as well as intercultural research in an international research network. It is hoped that Prof. Eric Davoine, Professor of Personnel Management and Organisation at the University of Fribourg, can also be involved.
Prof. Giuseppe Delmestri, who will be taking up a position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in September 2014, received his doctorate from the University of Mannheim and habilitated at the Parthenope University of Naples. He is currently pursuing research projects on institutional change and logic, as well as on the 'glocalisation' of manager identities.
29th and 30th April 2014. In addition to an information event for interested students of the master's programme, which can be studied either in the field of 'international management' or as 'management of humanitarian and cultural projects' in France, the programme leaders held talks with current students, coordination meetings with each other and with colleagues, as well as with representatives of the University of Passau.
18th April 2014.
A new book titled 'The Spy Who Impressed Me. Zur kollektiven Wirkung und kulturellen Bedeutung von James Bond Filmen', edited by Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Dr Jörg Scheffer, throws a critical light on the impact of the famous secret agent based on analyses of the films’ content structure and representational patterns.
The special feature: the thematically original anthology was created in the context of courses. The contributions are by (former) students and based on numerous stimulating interdisciplinary discussions on James Bond films.
Over 40 fans gathered for the book presentation with film sequences at the Museum of Modern Art in Passau on the evening of 19th November 2013, and ended the evening in style with a vodka martini...
9th–14th September 2013. The topics covered in the course were interculturality, international transfer in multinational corporations, intercultural complementarity and competence in organisations as well as intercultural personnel and organisational development. The course was attended by students from the Beijing study programmes Intercultural Communication, Intercultural German Studies and German Foreign Policy and Economics.
Prof. Barmeyer was invited by Prof. Wenjian Jia, Vice President and Dean of the German Department at BFSU and Chairman of the Advisory Council for German Studies at the Chinese Ministry of Education. The guest lecture took place within the framework of a cooperation between the Beijing Foreign Studies University and the University of Passau, in which both master’s students and doctoral candidates participate.
4th to 7th July 2013.
EGOS – European Group for Organisational Studies – is an academic, sociologically-oriented association that has been researching organisations, their structures, cultures, processes, stakeholders and contexts for decades.
The focus of the section was on how stakeholders can succeed in structuring interculturality in organisations and in creating new, third, cultures: intercultures. 22 participants from over ten countries attended the section, presenting interesting questions and cases that pointed to the contextuality of social and management practices and the emergence of intercultures.
Organised by Karl Stutz Verlag Passau and the Chair of Intercultural Communication.
Elias Jammal, Professor of Intercultural Studies, reads from his autobiographical narrative, which sensitively, touchingly and even humorously links the personal and profound experiences of the Palestinian Nono with historical events.
The book shows the contrasts of life situations, the joys and sorrows that can befall a young person and the extent of cultural religious conflicts that then materialise in personal destinies.
The novel repeatedly throws a smirking peek at German culture, in which the protagonist Nono moves and develops as a teenager.
Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Intercultural Communication, and Dr Jörg Scheffer, Anthropogeography, organised a study trip to southern France (Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region) from 15th-23rd September 2012. The objective of the geographical- and regional studies-oriented study trip, which was attended by 25 students from the subjects of Teaching, European Studies and Cultural and Business Studies, was to investigate the basic structures, relationships and developments of this high-contrast growth region in an interdisciplinary manner and to look to the future: the many programme highlights included a visit to the ITER at Cadarache, one of the largest international research projects in the world for future energy generation (nuclear fusion), the creation of a new sustainable metropolitan area of Monteux and the EcoQuartier or urban development in Marseille, European Capital of Culture 2013. The trip also visited Passau’s twin town Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice, with a warm welcome from the town’s mayor. This town twinning is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, making it one of the oldest German-French twinnings.
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To celebrate the recognition of the bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Business Studies as the second-best degree course in Germany by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Cultural and Business Studies students at the University of Passau are organising a public student event series on the topics of their programme. Under the title 'Understanding the Cultural Mind', they relate the experiences of their cultural spaces to new findings in intercultural research. The events are open to all interested visitors. Representatives of the media are also welcome. The cabaret duo 'Buschtrommel' from Münster, who will introduce the audience to the peculiarities of German culture in anecdotes, will open the event in lecture theatre 5 (Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems, Innstraße 27) at 8 pm on the 24th October 2012. Every Wednesday from 8 pm onwards until the 5th December, students will be presenting their personal intercultural experiences from different cultural areas in lecture theatre 6 (Innstraße 27). From Spain, the global expedition leads across the USA to Indonesia. The countries are illuminated from a historical, political, linguistic and cultural perspective. 'The aim of the event is to develop a greater awareness of the characteristics of different cultural areas. Cultural keywords help to understand the impact and consequences of cultural development,' says co-organiser and Kuwi student, Theresa Graml. The students are supported by Professor Christoph Barmeyer, Chair of Intercultural Communication: 'It is important that the complex field of interculturality is not reduced to superficial 'how-to' suggestions, but that we include the logics and backgrounds of cultural systems and societies in their entirety. Cultural keywords rooted in social history can provide valuable impulses and interesting insights.' Admission to all events is free.
In this pilot project, Professor Christoph Barmeyer and Dipl.-Kfm. Uwe Schirrmacher link interculturality and simulation together for the first time.
16th and 17th April 2010.
Under the leadership of Passau Professors Dr Christoph Barmeyer and Dr Klaus P. Hansen, the 11th nationwide doctoral colloquium on 'Interkulturelle Kommunikation' of the University Association for Intercultural Studies (IKS) was held at the University of Passau on 03.12.2010. Read detailed information on this event here.
The candidate, Judith Eidems, received both a French and German doctoral degree with her thesis 'Globale Standardisierung und lokale Anpassung im internationalen Personalmanagement – Eine theoretische und empirische Analyse auf Basis der Dynamic Capabilities Perspektive'.
The international jury consisted of professors from France (Professor Loic Cadin ESCP Europe Paris, Professor Philippe Dessertine, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre), Germany (Professor Marion Festing, ESCP Europe Berlin, Professor Susanne Royer, University of Flensburg, Professor Christoph Barmeyer, University of Passau) and Switzerland (Professor Eric Davoine, Université Fribourg).
winter semester 2009/10 in cooperation with the Ecole de Management/Université Robert Schuman.
It was an educationally very innovative and unique course with a European/international orientation. The Passau and Strasbourg students worked as virtual teams over distance on the task of creating a joint project work. This was followed by a face-to-face meeting in Strasbourg, which reflected not only on the content of the work, but also on the intercultural working process.
The aim was to provide students with the necessary skills for an internationally and increasingly virtual world of work in a practical way. The intercultural aspect was further emphasised by Strasbourg students who originate from a wide range of countries.
This multicultural course was funded by the German-French Youth Office and the Franco-Bavarian University Cooperation Centre.
19th April 2009. The great engagement and enthusiasm of those involved from the Chair showed that sport can develop its own team/running culture. In glorious weather, the course involved three rounds of Passau's old town and around the 'Drei-Flüsse-Eck' over a total of 7.4 km. In the end, everyone was happy not only with their own performance, but also with the shared experience.