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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
How biculturality - a great opportunity for organisations and society - can be shaped constructively was the topic of the panel discussion as part of the Bachelor's lecture "Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Management" on 19.01.2021, which was organised by the Chair of Intercultural Communication.
After a short introduction to resources of bicultural people, i.e. people who have internalised systems of meaning and interpretation from two cultures, a lively discussion took place with the three guests: Katrina Jordan, Communication and Marketing Department and Head of Media Relations at the University of Passau, as well as the Czech landscape ecologist Jan Sliva, who consults European nature conservation projects, and the migrant entrepreneur from Mexico, Ernesto Hinojosa Ruiz with his [ RUIZ ] fashion design in Passau's Theresienstraße. The stimulating event, which showed diverse perspectives on biculturality and in which the audience also actively participated, was moderated by Professor Dr. Barmeyer and research assistant Sina Grosskopf of the University of Passau.