Monday, May 9, 2016
On Thursday and Friday we got to know Berlin better. Thursday was the fat tire bike tour where we saw many of the city's famous cultural and historical sights and learned more about Berlin's history. Friday we ventured out into Berlin's diverse neighborhoods and learned more about the challenge of managing the growth and stability of these neighborhoods since the wall came down 25 years ago. Both tours were deeply engaging and helped us understand how culture, history and business all intersect in Germany's capital city! Then on Saturday we visited the Reichstag - the building that houses Germany's version of congress (Bundestag). We again learned how history has shaped German politics which in-turn shapes German business!
We did our annual cultural negotiation day at Uni Potsdam. With 22 US students, 22 German Students and 13 Russian students the day was a great success. A job offer case was used and after a culture lecture and a negotiation basics lectures the students met to hammer out the best deal. We had a great awards ceremony for the top performers and then a wonderful meal together at Ulf's restaurant on campus.
Dr. Uta Herbst (2nd from left) and her team recieved one of our signed W flags
as a way to say thank you!
Kelly Darling was one of the negotiation winners!
The class was full and full of culture! We learned a great deal from Irina Slot on how to navigate a complicated cultural world!
Lloyd Herndon trying to score as best he could while bargaining with his German counterpart!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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
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
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
Depart Bielefeld @ 16:34
Arrive Paderborn @ 17:27
Walk to Hotel
HOTEL: (arrive Sunday, Depart Wednesday)
B&B Hotel Paderborn
Tel: +49 (0) 5251 693 0 - 0
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
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
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.)
Marktstraße 8, D-55422 Bacharach am Rhein
+49 06743 1422
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
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
Depart Koblenz @ 14:16
Arrive Düsseldorf @ 16:01
HOTEL: (One Night)
Motel One Düsseldorf-Hauptbahnhof
fon: +49 (211) 302057-0
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.
Frankenwerft 31-33 • 50667 Köln (Germany)
Tel: +49 (0) 221 257 79 55
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • 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
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)
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!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
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.....
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!
A very active schedule and weak internet has me way behind. So I am going to catch up via photos ...
Monday, May 11, 2015
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.
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"