This week

// Week 10, January 10 – 16

January 16, 2011: The next CEO by Isabel follows up on a previous post by diassg: How to pick the new guy and broaches the issue of CEO succession from another perspective. According to the Korn & Ferry Executive Survey and an article from the 01 issue of the Harvard Business Manager the topic is very delicate for big global companies. Where should the perfect candidate ideally be from and what impact does the current condition of the company have on that choice? Find out here…

January 12, 2011: „International Diversity Management?“ by Martin. This post tries to bring together two major buzz words from this blog: Internationalization and Diversity Management. Firstly, there is a short overview about the internationalization of firms by giving UNCTAD studies as well as strategy options by Bartlett & Ghoshal. And secondly, Martin picks up several post (women in supervisory boards, entrepreneurship etc) and tries highlight the necessity of international diversity management quoting the IPMA/NASPEBenchmarking Committee.

January 12, 2011: “Ooooops… we did it again!” This short post describes the outcome of another group evaluation. We used the first mind map and further developed our idea of the blog.

January 11, 2011: “Germany and its ‘Lack of Young Professionals’ – Status quo” by Thomas. The written post picks up on Katrin’s article where she writes about demographic change and why old employees are of high value for companies. In contrast to her focus on elderly employees, this post talks about the lack of young professionals in Germany. It is linked to further posts concerning the immigration debate in Germany such as Saiid’s article .

// Week 9, January 3 – 9

January 7, 2011: “Why should employers think about hiring or keeping older employees?” by Katrin. In her recent post, Katrin picks up on a comment from her earlier post “Another dimension: Age”, asking to read more about “good business advantages of having older people in a company”. Therefore she describes advantages by citing Shareen Darr, Helmut Sessler and Sandra Altmeyer.

January 6, 2011: „Why The New Look, Starbucks?” by Saiid. On its 40th birthday Starbucks took a major step toward diversifying its image away from coffee and more towards lifestyle, a move they had been making internally for years, yet had failed to convey consumers. This post, takes a look at the new Starbucks logo and the reasons for the change. Feed your hunger for more young, opinionated, free-form blogging by visiting our site!

January 6, 2011: “What’s Your Personal Identity Management Strategy?” by Maria. She refers to older posts regarding Diversity Management strategies in terms of gender, race, immigration, age and adds another topic to the discussion: sexual orientation. She takes a look at German politics and the coming-out of Mr Wowereit and after that she reports the most important findings of a study by Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. To say it in one word: German Gays and Lesbians are far away from being open about their sexuality in the workplace.

January 4, 2011: “Facebook – Where are the news?” by Martin. In his post, Martin discusses the up-to-dateness of social networks such as facebook with regard to current business theory. Starting with earlier post about networking by Katrin or Maria he cited some important business theories by Ellison and the revised version of the Uppsala Model and many more. In the end, his conclusion is that social networks are just a consequence of the general network idea.

January 3, 2011: “Change Management – New Ways!” by Thomas. This post explains the importance and neccsessitiy of new ways in the process of change management – using different findings from case studies.

// Week 8, December 6 – 12

December 8, 2010: “Monocultural Management For A Multicultural Workforce?” by Maria. In her post she is giving some basic ideas which might lead to interesting discussions within the group. She also refers to a study by Bertelsmann Stiftung describing the current state of Diversity Mangement in Germany.

December 7, 2010: “No matter if you’re black or white” by Isabel summarizes cultural differences according to Edward Halls High-Context and Low-Context cultures . Hence, when we conduct business or communicate across borders and cultures we should obey general rules, as summarized by Deborah Swallow, in order to get to know our business partner.

December 6, 2010: “Did the crisis change something…” by Katrin. In this post, Katrin wonders if the crisis has changed the way management and/or leadership is practiced. She therefore introduces value-based leadership, shows the “good” example by the founder of dm, Götz Werner, and discusses whether or not the “new” approach is meant honestly or just for PR reasons.

// Week 7, November 29 – December 2

December 2, 2010: This is how we do it! – a tribute to oustanding student” by Martin. In this post Martin evaluates the first month of group work. He started by picking up the mind map by Maria and applied the results to common and state-of-the-art management theories of Michael Porter and Henry Mintzberg.

December 1, 2010: “New Leaders Old Tricks” by Saiid. This blog post is about a symposium at the Harvard Business School where 10 experst are asked about what traits the leaders of tomorrow need to possess.

November 30, 2010: “New title? New interesting views!” by Maria. In her post she shows the mind map in which the recent group developments are summarized.

November 30, 2010: “The sum is greater than the parts – Mind Mapping” by Thomas. The blog post sum is greater than the parts- Mind Mapping: This post picks up the idea of mind mapping. It gives a short theoretical overview as well as takes a reference to the successful example of our group.

November 29, 2010: “Another dimension: Age” by Katrin. In her post, Katrin introduces a new aspect of diversity, namely age. She briefly shows the status quo and gives a few ideas on how to improve the situation for the elder employees in the future.

// Week 6, November 22 – 28

November 28, 2010: “Burn Out” by Isabel. This post discusses the reasons and effects of pressure and stress on women in top management. Based on the Shape study initiated by Walter Kromm, these so called “token-women” increasingly suffer from stress-related mental and physical impairment. Therefore, the question is what can global players do to initiate change and shape the business world towards empowering diversity.

November 26, 2010: “Women 2.0” by Maria. In her post she is comparing the Silicon Valley model Women 2.0, an organisation helping women to start companies in technical fields, to the German approach to start-ups. Also, she reports about the success story of Apply in the Sky, winner of the Women 2.0 Pitch night.

November 25, 2010:
“How To Pick The New Guy” by Saiid. This post is about an article taken from the Financial Times in which prossess of selecting a successor to a CEO or leadership position is handled by different companies.

November 24, 2010: “Women and Strategic Risk” by Isabel. She explains the gender-specific approach of strategic and competitive behavior. Evidently, women are more risk averse than men –  this proves right. The riskier decisions of men often result in either success or losses above-average while the careful considerations of women build slow, but steady growth.

November 23, 2010: “Diversity Management and Stakeholder value?” by Martin. In his post Martin discusses the compatibility of the stakeholder value approach with the ideas of diversity management.

November 22, 2010: “Female Immigrants taking Mr. Sarrazin’s Spot!” by Thomas. Female Immigrants taking Sarrazin’s Spot: Critisizsm on Sarrazin’s book and the discussion of
Germany’s “immigration problem”.

// Week 5, November 15 – 20

November 20, 2010: “What are the causes?” by Katrin. In her post she wonders what the causes for the reasons of a lack of women in leading positions are and found an initiative by the BMFSFJ which started on November 9th and will show first results on this issue in early 2012.

November 19, 2010: “Entrepreneurship – Women take over” by Isabel. In her post she talks about entrepreneurship amongst women, especially within SME’s and highlights the positive effects that women can create for themselves and moreover, benefit of.

November 18, 2010: “Sarrazin=Double Negative?” by Saiid. This post compares Thilo Sarrazin’s position on immigration with the social needs of Germany.

November 15, 2010: “Feel free to say the F…-word!” by Martin. This post is about feminism and why women seem to dislike the word.

// Week 4, November 9  – 12

November 12, 2010: “Women determine their own fate!” by Thomas. Women determine their own fate: This post illustrates the ambiguity of the women politicians’ opinion today stating
that a women’s quota is not necessary.

November 11, 2010:
“East German women demonstrate how…feel free to follow” by Katrin. In this post, Katrin writes about East German women’s ability to combine family and career as
well as the fact that there are more women in leading positions in the Eastern part of Germany
based on a study.

November 10, 2010: “A little more confidence, please!” by Maria. She discusses the need for women to stand up for what they believe in instead of hiding behind buzz words.

November 9, 2010
: “Generation Y – Where are you?” by Saiid. This article reports on a
framework created using the values of Darwinism and of individual opportunism to create a
framework t measure psycholgical contracts between employers and employees.

// Week 3, November 1 – 5:

November 5, 2010: “Thank You For The Music…or not?!” by Martin. In his article Martin is reporting about his thought about today’s music.

November 4, 2010: “Women do not want to be Boss!” by Thomas. Talking about career obstacles for women people easily forget the question: Do women even want to be boss in business? This post tries to bring some insight on actual motivation of women.

November 3, 2010: “The Amazons” by Isabel. She talks about the transformation in stereotypical gender characteristics (are women becoming the new men?)

November 2, 2010: “Women and networking” by Katrin. In this post, Katrin writes about business networks, their advantages and discusses whether or not it makes sense as a woman to only meet with other women in Women Business Networks.

November 1, 2010: “Obstacle Course vs Labyrinth” by Saiid. This blogpost compares male and female characteristics and tries to analyze whether the workplace ladder is really an obstacle course or a labyrinth and which gender fits better with the respective type of course.

// Week 2, October 25 – 29

October 29, 2010: “Female leadership and company profitability” by Maria. In her post Maria is highlighting that companies with a higher percentage of women in management are more profitable.

October 28, 2010: “Don’t forget the boys…” by Martin. Martin tries to open up a discussion about building up more inequalities when using positive discrimination to promote women.

October 27, 2010: “More Courage on implementing a Women’s Quota (please)!” by Thomas. This article illustrates the opportunities that arise from a governmental step in policy making to level up the women’s quota.

October 26, 2010: “Thinking 1943?” by Isabel. She is reporting about outdated beliefs in German society combined with anxiousness of men to loose power.

October 25, 2010: “Career killer children” by Katrin. In her post she refers to a study by Bertelsmann that observes women’s career obstacles and identifies the double burden of family and profession as the main career killer.

// Week 1, October 17 – 22:

October 17, 2010: „Women in the supervisory boards“ by Katrin. In her post she is reporting about the discussion of women in supervisory boards which was caused by the recent announcement of the Deutsche Telekom.

October 19, 2010: “Female Leadership – Do we need a Women’s Quota in the Supervisory Board?” by Thomas. Thomas further discusses pro and cons about women’s quota in supervisory boards.

October 20, 2010: “Less risk with women“ by Martin. Martin is highlighting another urgent issue related to women in business – microfinance. He highlights some economical effects as well as social ones for society.

October 21, 2010: ”Managers and Leaders“ by Maria. In her post, Maria writes about the different management / leadership styles of men and women and how those could work together in the future.

October 22, 2010: “Does The Future Belong To Women?” by Saiid. Saiid writes about Alvin Toffler’s prediction of how the world will look in forty years with reference to women whose power will increase drastically.

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