Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Volkswagen World Headquarters

 We presented our W flag to Dr. Stefan Hoernemann after his great lecture on branding at the Volkswagen Group
 We got a great tour of the largest manufacturing facility in Europe where they make the Golf and Tiquan
 We arrived by train from Berlin to Wolfsburg, the VW town!
Dr. Hoernemann answers some questions about bringing the mini-bus back to the US market.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GERMANY 2016 Itinerary

German Business & Culture + Global Negotiation 2016 - Itinerary

Sunday, May 1:  Leave USA
Monday, May 2:  Arrive in Berlin
           
Arrive, stay awake and get settled.  We will explore the Alexander Platz area, visit the main train station to get our train passes validated and have a group dinner.  Did I mention stay awake!

HOTEL:           Arrive Monday, Depart Sunday
ONE80º Hostel Berlin
Otto-Braun-Straße 65
10178 Berlin

DINNER:         Meet in Lobby at 16:30  (Have your Passport!)
                        Walk to dinner at 17:00
                        17:30 Dinner @ Zur Gerichtslaube (http://www.gerichtslaube.de/)

Train Passes: Post dinner we will take the S-Bahn from Alexanderplatz Station to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and visit the DB office to get our train passes validated. You will need to bring your PASSPORT.  We can then take the S-Bahn back or take a pleasant walk along the Spree river back to Alexanderplatz area and back to the Hostel.

NOTE: Monday night needs to be a mellow night as we are up early and off to Wolfsburg / Volkswagen World Headquarters the next day and we need to be in our best possible shape for that visit.


Tuesday, May 3:  Volkswagen World Headquarters

Visit Wolfsburg production plant, Branding lecture by Dr. Stefan Hoernemann and visit Autostadt.  Experience German rail system in traveling Berlin to Potsdam and back. The production plant tour and the branding lecture are not things typical visitors to VW could experience. Group Dinner with German Specialties

DEPART HOTEL:      8:00 – Wear your Trip Polo shirt!!!!
                                    Walk to Alexanderplatz Train Station
                                    Take S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)

TRAIN:                        ICE 642
                                    Depart Berlin Hbf 8:52
                                    Arrive Wolfsburg Hbf 9:55

VW Factory Tour                               10:30 – 12:00
VW Marketing Presentation             12:00 – 13:00

Lunch and Walk to AutoStadt  (casual lunch at train station)

Visit AutoStadt       http://www.autostadt.de/en/start/            14:00 – 17:00
                                    Car Tower Tours – 14:40 – 17:00 (small groups)

                                    Take taxis to dinner: Depart AutoStadt at 17:30

            Dinner:                       Brauhaus Fallersleben (http://www.brauhaus-fallersleben.de/)
                                                18:00 – 19:30

                                                Take taxis back to Wolfsburg Train Station: 19:30 – 19:50

            TRAIN:                       ICE 643
                                                Depart Wolfsburg Hbf @ 20:01
                                                Arrive Berlin Hbf @ 21:08
                                                Take S-Bahn to Alexanderplatz Station – Walk to Hostel

NOTE: Tuesday night needs to be a mellow night as we are up early and off to Uni Potsdam the next day and we need to be in our best possible shape for that visit.


Wednesday, May 4:  Uni Potsdam Negotiation Day
           
Visit Uni Potsdam for Negotiation Case Experience with Uni Potsdam students hosted by Dr. Uta Herbst.  Full day, case-based experience with lecture and experiential learning.  Cross-group (Uni Potsdam + WMU) celebration dinner at conclusion.

HOTEL EXIT:             Depart hostel at 8:30
                                    Bring school supplies (computer, paper, pens, etc.)

Walk to Alexanderplatz Station

S-BAHN                      S7
                                    Depart @ 8:49
                                    Arrive Griebnitzsee @ 9:27

10 – 17:00                  Negotiation Day with Uni Potsdam Students

17:30 - ???                 Dinner at Ulf’s on Campus

Return via S7 to Alexanderplatz in small groups (from Griebnitzsee Station)

Thursday, May 5:  Berlin Culture Day (German Holiday)

Explore the history and culture of Berlin via a full-day Fat Tire Bike Tour covering Berlin history, WWII history and Cold War history.  Lunch in Tierpark featuring German specialties.

HOTEL EXIT:             Depart Hostel at 10:10

10:30 – 16:30             Fat Tire Bike Tour           http://berlin.fattirebiketours.com/
                                    Group lunch at outdoor Café in park

Dinner on own in Berlin




Friday, May 6:  Berlin Walking Tour / Neighborhoods

Guided walking tour of East Berlin neighborhoods witnessing and discussing the challenges of economic recovery and gentrification.  This experience highlights the differences in German versus US approaches to economic development and city / neighborhood governance.

Morning you are free to explore Berlin (also a good morning to do laundry)

Meet in Hostel lobby at 12:00  (You should eat prior – no lunch on walking tour)

12:30 – 16:30             Walking Tour of Berlin Neighborhoods
Emphasis on seeing the different ways the neighborhoods have developed and are governed.  I promise this tour will challenge some of your purely capitalistic instincts and provide a glimpse of the differences in how the economy and society are managed and governed in Germany compared to the US.

                                                Tour ends at Turkish Market with great and cheap options for dinner!

            Evening on your own.

Saturday, May 7:  Reichstag Tour

A free day to individually explore Berlin or participate in an optional history tour in Potsdam. Evening visit to German specialties restaurant and a guided tour of the Reichstag (Germany’s Capital building).

Morning thru late afternoon: Free to explore Berlin
Thoughts: good time to do some laundry and to mostly pack for departure on Sunday (need to be out of rooms by 10am on Sunday)

MEET IN LOBBY:      16:00 – dress is business casual

Walk to S-Bahn and take train to Friedrichstrasse Station

16:30 – 17:45             Group Dinner at Ständige Vertretung  http://www.staev.de/en/berlin.html

17:45 – 18:00             Walk to Reichtag Building

18:00 – 18:30             Check in for Tour – Take photos!

18:30 – 20:30             Guided Tour of Reichtag Building / Deutschland Bundestag
                                    More Info: http://goo.gl/6R7mBk

Post Tour                    Free to enjoy Berlin




Sunday, May 8:  Travel Day to Paderborn

We will take the trains to Paderborn and while we are traveling discuss and experience the role the German rail system plays in both the economic and social life of Germany.

Checkout:      Must be completely checked out by 10am.

                        We can store luggage at Hostel and have 2-3 hours to enjoy Berlin

TRAIN:           ICE 848
                        Depart Berlin Hbf @ 13:49
                        Arrive Bielefeld Hbf @ 16:20

                        NWB 75464
                        Depart Bielefeld @ 16:34
                        Arrive Paderborn @ 17:27

Walk to Hotel

HOTEL:          (arrive Sunday, Depart Wednesday)
B&B Hotel Paderborn
Bahnhofstraße 31
33102 Paderborn
Tel: +49 (0) 5251 693 0 - 0
paderborn@hotelbb.com
www.hotelbb.de

18:30 – 20:00 Meet in lobby for walking tour of Paderborn + dinner in small groups in the central business district of town.

Monday, May 9:  Negotiation Course Introduction at Uni Paderborn

First day of the Global Negotiation course with Uni Paderborn students.  Cross-University teams will be created and the big picture elements of negotiation will be discussed.  This cross-University course is taught in English by Dr. Eckert (WMU) to students from both Uni Paderborn and WMU (about 40 students total).  The remainder of the course is May 17-24.

Depart Hotel Lobby: 8:00 – Ready to go to school for day
Take Busses from Hauptbahnhof to Campus (Travel as a group)

Campus orientation and chance to grab a coffee or such before class

Class @ 9:00am – specific classroom TBA.

Lunch on campus with Teams

Class Complete at 16:00

Bus or Walk back to Hotel

Dinner on own in Paderborn


Tuesday, May 10:  Uni Paderborn Marketing Value Case Competition

This cross-university experience between Uni Paderborn students and WMU students involves lectures by Dr. Andreas Eggert (UP) on customer value and Dr. James Eckert (WMU) on presentation techniques and involves cross-university student teams using a case-based approach to develop marketing plans and presenting those plans to the faculty.  The day concludes with a group celebration dinner where top performers are announced.

Depart Hotel Lobby: 8:00 – Ready to go to school for day

Take Busses from Hauptbahnhof to Campus

Event Starts @ 9:00am – specific classroom TBA.

9:00 – 11:00am:             Marketing Value Lecture by Dr. Andreas Eggert, Uni Paderborn
                                    Presenting 101 by Jim Eckert
                                    Team Assignments and Case Distribution

11:00 – 16:00             Work time with team (Lunch on campus with team)

16:00 – 17:30             Case Presentations

19:00 - ???                 Celebration Dinner at Paderborner Brauhaus
                                    http://bono-gastronomie.de/gastronomie/paderborner-brauhaus/


Wednesday, May 11:  Boat Trip up the Rhein to Bacharach

Travel to Koblenz via train and then up the Rhein on a K-D boat to Bacharach experiencing the robust Rhine region history as we travel.  A German / Rhine specialties dinner is planned in Bacharach.  Dirk and Ellen Scherschlicht are our hosts at the Bacharacher Hof hotel.

EXIT HOTEL:             Fully packed and checked out by 7:30
                                    (Aim for 7:15 if you want to get breakfast at train station)

TRAIN:                       ERB 90060
                                    Depart Paderborn @ 7:51
                                    Arrive Hamm (west) @ 8:44

                                    IC 2013
                                    Depart Hamm (West) @ 9:15
                                    Arrive Koblenz @ 12:15

Take taxis to river front for KD Boat up Rhein
Lunch on river front area

BOAT:                        Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) River Boat
                                    Depart Koblenz @ 14:00
                                    Arrive Bacharach @ 18:30

HOTEL:                      (Arrive Wednesday, Depart on Sat.)
Bacharacher Hof
Marktstraße 8, D-55422 Bacharach am Rhein 
+49 06743 1422
info@bacharacher-hof.de

Thursday, May 12: The Romantic Rhein & German History

We will experience a hike on the Rheinsteig Trail while visiting the Neiderwald Denkmal and the towns of Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen.

NOTE: Dirk has the best breakfast on the trip prepared for you, including American breakfast items.  You will be sad if you don’t get up in time to enjoy them! 

Depart Hotel:             9:00am – walk to Train Station

Train:                          Depart Bacharach @ 9:30
                                    Arrive Bingen @ 9:43

                                    Walk (briskly!) to waterfront

Ferry:                          Depart Bingen to Rudesheim @ 10:00

10:00 – 11:00                        Time in Rudesheim
11:00 – 15:00                        Visit Neiderwald Denkmal & Hike Rheinsteig Trail
                        http://www.rheinsteig.de/en/the-rheinsteig/home/
15:00 – 16:30                        Time in Assmannshausen

KD Boat:                    Depart Assmannshausen @ 16:45
                                    Arrive in Bacharach at 17:15

Dinner in Bacharach on your own.

Friday, May 13:  Economic Drivers of the Rhein Region
           
We will have a city tour and discuss the unique economic role that Bacharach played over the years.  However the current economic environment is dominated by wine and tourism (and wine tourism!).  We will learn more about the wine production, marketing, and its connection to the history and future of the Rhein region from Cecelia Jost, owner of Toni Jost Vineyards. 

9:45am                       Breakfast complete – Meet in front of Hotel

10:00 – 11:00             Walking Tour of Bacharach

Lunch on Own

13:00                          Meet at Hotel – walk to meet Cecelia Jost in vineyards
                                    (This is a relatively long walk and goes uphill – you’ve been warned!)

14:00 – 16:00             Vineyard tour in hills over Rhein

16:00 – 17:00             Tasting at Toni Jost’s location in Bacharach

Dinner on Own




Saturday, May 14: Düsseldorf

We will travel from Bacharach to Düsseldorf and spend the night there.  Düsseldorf has one of the region’s best shopping district and is home to an energetic “Altstadt” or “old city” district.  When we wake on Sunday morning, teams will be created and the annual scavenger hunt will commence and will finish in Köln.

10:00am         Breakfast complete and checked out of room
We can store luggage at hotel until departure
NOTE: It is smart to think of how you pack as we will be staying for the next two nights in different hotels and you don’t want to have to do a large amount of packing/unpacking.  I will likely use my backpack to simplify that process.

10:00 – 12:30 Free to explore Bacharach or leave early for Duesseldorf

Saturday Morning Optional Excursion
Trip to Burg Rheinfels, which is the largest castle ruins on the Rhein.  There are views and lots of tunnels and courtyards to explore.  Additionally, St. Goar is a beautiful town and the best Stein store on the Rhein is there.
Depart Bacharach @ 9:28 (exit hotel at 9:10 – need to be checked out!)
9:45 – 12:00   Explore castle & town
Depart St. Goar @ 12:19 (arrive in Bacharach at 12:30)

Saturday Morning Option Travel Plan
Dr. Zondag will accompany a group up to Düsseldorf earlier than the train times below.  This would be for those who would prefer the bigger city shopping and recreation over the quiet of Bacharach.  Your rooms won’t be ready but you can store your luggage at the hotel and explore Düsseldorf.  The trains for this are: depart Bacharach @ 10:28, arrive Koblenz @ 11:08.  Briskly change to RE 10516 departing Koblenz @ 11:16 and arriving in Duesseldorf at 13:01.  The change in Koblenz should occur on the same platform (2 South to 2 North), so that should make the 8 minute transfer time work.

TRAIN:           MRB 25330
                        Depart Bacharach @ 13:28
                        Arrive Koblenz @ 14:08

                        RE 10522
                        Depart Koblenz @ 14:16
                        Arrive Düsseldorf @ 16:01

HOTEL:          (One Night)
Motel One Düsseldorf-Hauptbahnhof
Immermannstraße 54
D-40210 Düsseldorf
fon: +49 (211) 302057-0
duesseldorf-hauptbahnhof@motel-one.com
www.motel-one.com

            MEET at HOTEL        17:30 to go have dinner and fun in the Altstadt section of Düsseldorf.




Sunday, May 15:  Köln (Cologne in English)

You and your scavenger hunt team will travel to Köln and visit the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and a few other key sites in the area and will need to find the hotel as well as do a video interview with some locals.  The day will conclude with presentations and dinner at a Kölsch brewery.  Kölsch is both the local beer and local dialect!

11:30              Checked out and meet in Lobby

11:30 – 12:00 Scavenger Hunt Teams determined & assignments made

12:00 – 17:00 Take train to Köln and find hotel and visit the Kölner Dom as part of the scavenger hunt.

HOTEL:
Rhein-Hotel St.Martin
Frankenwerft 31-33 • 50667 Köln (Germany)
Tel: +49 (0) 221 257 79 55
Mail: mail@rh247.de • Web: www.rheinhotel-koeln.de

Meet at Hotel Lobby at 17:30.  Walk to dinner location

18:00 – 20:00             Dinner at Gaffel am Dom  (http://www.gaffelamdom.de/)

Monday. May 16: Holiday + Travel Day to Paderborn
           
We will wrap up in Köln and travel to Paderborn to continue the Global Negotiation course.  It is likely that students will meet with their assigned teams that evening to work on their project.

TRAINS:         TBD: there is a train every hour leaving Köln for Paderborn, most often with a stop and train change in Hamm(westf). We will determine the exact train(s) closer to the actual day.  In the past people have taken different trains which is fine as long as everyone is in Paderborn by 18:00.

HOTEL:          (arrive Mon., depart Friday, (Visit Hamburg) arrive Sunday, Depart Wednesday)
B&B Hotel Paderborn
Bahnhofstraße 31, 33102 Paderborn
Tel: +49 (0) 5251 693 0 - 0
paderborn@hotelbb.com
www.hotelbb.de

May 17 – 20th and May 23-24:: Global Negotiation Course at Uni Paderborn

The Global Negotiation course will continue with lectures, case experiences, team presentations and other interactive experiences.  The course will be an intense time and energy commitment but will be unique in that you will be side-by-side with students from Uni Paderborn. 

Each day is scheduled 9:00am – 4:00pm on campus.  You will need to get up and too campus on your own and be in class ready to go at 9:00 each day.  You will have a bus pass you can use for getting to campus.  In the past students have exited the hotel about 8:00 and had breakfast at the Cafette on campus before class.




May 20 – 22: Weekend Fun in Hamburg

Friday morning: You need to be checked out BEFORE leaving for campus in morning.  We will be storing luggage in Dr. Eckert’s room for the weekend.  You should bring your backpack, not full luggage tor Hamburg.  You might want to pack your stuff for Hamburg in a plastic bag and then when we return from class you can pack your backpack quickly so we can get going to Hamburg!

Go to Campus and have class 9:00 – 14:00 (Cultural Cheat Sheet Presentations this day)
Return to hotel and get organized for trip.

Train on Friday         S5:                  Depart Paderborn at 15:15                Arrive Hannover @ 17:03

                                    ICE 576:            Depart Hannover at 17:20                  Arrive Hamburg @ 18:53

Easy walk to Hostel (across street from Main Train Station) 

Dinner at train station or after getting checked in (non-group thing)

HOTEL:                      Generator Hostel – Hamburg
Steintorplatz 3, 20099 Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0)40226 358460

Saturday Activities (Optional): All of these events are optional.  Costs for the harbor tour and dinner will be covered by the program.  However, if you choose not to join us you will not receive personal spending money to replace that.

10:00 – 12:00 City Tour: Walk from Hostel thru shopping district, past the famous Hamburger Rathaus and to Waterfront, with time in the beautiful Planten um Bloomen Park.

12:00 – 13:00             Lunch on Waterfront  (Cheap options on your own)

13:00 – 14:00             Harbor Tour (Boat)

14:00 – 18:00              Free Time

18:30                          Depart Hostel for restaurant (can meet us at restaurant too)

19:00                          Dinner at Gröninger Privatbrauerei  (German Specialities)
                                    http://www.groeninger-hamburg.de/

21:00 - ????               Have fun in Hamburg

Sunday – Morning on Own.  We need to be checked out by 13:00.  Although you should plan to be out by 12:30 in order to not miss trains! 

Trains on Sunday     ICE 579:             Depart Hamburg @ 13:24      Arrive Hannover @ 14:38

                                    S5:                   Depart Hannover @ 14:55     Arrive Paderborn @ 16:46

Check back into B&B Hotel, get ready for final two days of course





Wednesday, May 25 – End of Program 

Depart the B&B Hotel in Paderborn on the morning of Wednesday, May 25 and head home or on to further adventures!

Fully checked out and settled any room charges by 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Catching Up .... Paderborn - Round 1

We had another great Case Competition with the students at Uni Paderborn.  Dr. Andreas Eggert started the day with a great lecture on Customer Value and then the combined German/US teams went and worked on case solutions.  In the late afternoon each team presented their solutions and the day finished with a great celebration dinner at the Paderborner Brauhaus.

A few photos.....

 Dr. Eggert is looking dang good in his WMU t-shirt after his customer value lecture!
 The winning team from the case presentations!
The entire crew at our celebration dinner!

Catching Up ...... The Rhein

A very active schedule and weak internet has me way behind.  So I am going to catch up via photos ...
 On Thursday we did a day of hiking on the Rheinsteig Trail.  The day included a train ride, a ferry ride and a cable car.  The photo is the Neiderwald Denkmal that celebrates the birth of Germany as a modern nation state in 1871.  The day included beautiful weather and a unexpected picnic lunch when we found our usual lunch place no longer open. 

 On Friday we hiked into the hills around Bacharach and met Cecilia Jost, the owner of Weingut Toni Jost and she shared her passion with us related to the growing, making and marketing of her wines.  We toured her vineyards on the slopes above the Rhein and finished at her facility in the Bacharach city center.
Our hotel was the Bacharacher Hof in Bacharach.  Our hosts, Dirk & Ellen Scherschlicht could not have treated us any better.  We had a fantastic Rhein Specialties dinner on Wednesday and were treated to their hospitality and enthusiasm for our entire stay.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Reichtag Tour

Had a great tour of the Reichtag, Germany's capital building which is home to the German congress called the Bundestag.  The tour explored a building rich with history from the days of Prussian Kaisers, to Hiltlers burning of the building as a way to purge his political enemies, to its role in the cold war, and finally its recent reuse as Germany's unified capital building.  As usual stories tell the better story.....
 Gathering to enter the Reichtag.  The building is called the Reichtag, but the congress is is known as the Bundestag. It was redesigned by a British architect and has a large glass dome on the top.
 The ladies of the group infront of Angela Merkel's office within the Reichtag.
 Learning about the multi-party system and how they have to physically rearrange the room after every election. 
 The interior of the dome - the center column reflects light into the Bundestag meeting room and also acts as a funnel for hot air to escape (the kind politicians create!)
By the time we got dome the sun had set and it was getting dark.  The words at top basically translate to "For the German People"





Sunday, May 10, 2015

East Berlin Neighborhood Tour

Thursday afternoon we had a fascinating neighborhood tour focusing on three former East Berlin neighborhoods all is different states of gentrification and we had a great conversation with our tour guide.  He brought a wide open view of whether gentrification is a good thing or bad.  It was a great way to challenge the thinking of our business students who are more likely to be the developer versus the anti-development forces.  We looked at questions such as what are the right levels of development and how progress creates problems for those who cannot afford the new rents.  We also learned about how Germany has rent controls and in Berlin how the neighborhood has actual control over development issues thru direct voting. 

And besides this we explored very cool neighborhoods most tourists would never get to.  At the end, Dr. Zondag and I made the group leave without us and use the tram system to get home.  The next morning we heard the proud stories on how everyone figured it out an got home easily!

A few photos .....

 Jared our gude at the bridge that leads to the Kreuzburg Neighboorhood
 Some graffiti that is in a space of an old rail yard now occupied by everything from clubs, a climbing wall center, a anarchistic, vegan commune and a children's center.
The Frankforter Strasse Towers in Friedeschain neighborhood.  This former east Berlin high end neighborhood is now a mainly student neighborhood with a immense number of shops and small restaurants.

Schultheis Brewery Tour

Thursday started with a tour of the Schultheis Brewery.  We saw a marketing video and even had a chance to chat with their marketing director.  We also saw their production facility. They are a Berlin based beer and by US standards they would be a very large Micro-Brewery. 

photos tell the story better.....

They have three primary beers all Pilsner style and priced about the same.  Their marketing attempts to create three separate brews ....  I will tell the story via the stain glassed windows in their restaurant area .....

Schultheis is the oldest brand and is marketed as traditional and working class.  The bottle shape is different and it is a bit less bitter as Pilsner beers go.

Berliner Kindl, or Berlin's Child, is the upscale sophisticated brand.  It is also an older brand, but with a while foil label and champagne style glasses to serve it in it becomes the choice of the upscale and sophisticated audience. 
 
 


Berliner Pilser is the young, hip, go to a music festival beer.  They do a lot of event marketing around millennials and sponsor a new music competition. 

The production facility is highly automated and produces 50,000 bottles a day.

 The kid peeking out of the beer stein - not a brand logo that could be created today, but they keep it as it has a long tradition.
 50, 000 bottles a day in a highly automated process
The brewery welcomed us with a company and brand history video