International Diversity Management?

Internationalization & Diversity Management are two huge buzz words in business and we are constantly getting tortured with them in our day to day life. The first thing that pops into my mind is always the quote by David Brower “Think Local, Act Global” – oh no, sorry the other way around “Think Global, Act … Continue reading

Germany and its ‘Lack of Young Professionals’ – Status quo

Katrin picked up the topic of demographic change. In her article she argues that older employees can be of high value for companies. She also highlights the issue of a lack of young professionals. I want to focus on the discussion about shortage of young professionals in Germany. The goal is to bring some insight … Continue reading

Facebook…where are the news?

Social networks are one of the hottest topics in today’s media and business research. Just yesterday, you could read in the newspaper that Facebook is now worth round about $50bn and that firms such as Goldman Sachs start obtaining shares (http://tinyurl.com/facebook-50bn). When you than check the top 10 business books in marketing on Amazon you … Continue reading

Change Management – New Ways!

In December 2010 I was reading the column from Thomas Sattelberger in the magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” titled “Schutzräume für Querdenker”. Abstract available at: WIWO. He is Head of Human Resources at Deutsche Telekom and one of the proponents of the women’s quota.  In his article he talks about the ‘unconventional thinker’ and why a MNC is … Continue reading

Did the crisis change something…

…about management and leadership styles? Or do we just continue what we’ve done before? These questions came to my mind while wondering what to write my post about. Then I found this interesting  article about “new” principles in management. There the author, Ms. Obmann,  points out that values such as sustainability, public spirit and fairness … Continue reading

“This is how we do it!” – a tribute to oustanding student

Last week we have had a great mind mapping exercise with some really good follow-up posts by Bruce Spear, Thomas and Maria. This technique helped us not only to structure and evaluate our work. It also helped us to refine our targets. During this semester we have heard many things about Strategic Management – in … Continue reading

New Leaders Old Tricks

As a part of the Imagining the Future of Leadership symposium at the Harvard Business School, some experts were asked and their thoughts gathered on what they thought “was necessary today to develop the leaders we need for tomorrow” The Ten Experts in this video are listed in order of appearance, and below each of … Continue reading

Burn-out

  “Women in leadership positions are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, physical impairment and high stress-levels.” These are the findings of the Shape Study, initiated by Walter Kromm which measures the correlation between leadership / outstanding performance and health or social quality of life. There is, evidently, a close connection between the high pressure … Continue reading

How To Pick The “New-Guy”

This article sheds light on an issue that is extremely critical to both the short-term and the long-term successes and failures of a company, as well as its strategy: Namely, the appointment of a successor to the CEO.  As the article states, “With so much hanging on successful leadership, you might expect boards to be … Continue reading

Women and Strategic Risk

Michael E. Raynor says: Strategies with good prospects for success also contain the biggest risk for failure. This Strategy Paradox highlights the huge possibility of a company’s decision being wrong, resulting in a product failure such as Sony’s Betamax. But a strategy does always come with a decision that in retrospect can either be right … Continue reading