Intercultural Training for German - American Teams: From Diversity to Synergy

Ifim Institut für Interkulturelles Management

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  • Seminar
  • Fortgeschritten
  • Inhouse
  • Dauer:
    2 Tage

The training illustrates socially and culturally determined patterns of thinking and behaving in both business cultures. The program is focused on those aspects of working which areparticularly relevant to successful cooperation in German-American teams. The participants develop a mutual comprehension and appreciation of their partners' attitudes which enables them to *correctly understand and anticipate the partners' approach; *successfully pursue their own objectives; *quickly recognize areas of inter-cultural conflict and constructively handle them; *identify and utilize the potenti.
Gerichtet an: American and German managers / specialists working in German-American teams who want to deepen their mutual understanding as well as improve their cooperative efforts.

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Thomas T. KRAUSS
Thomas T. KRAUSS
Amerikanischer Trainer


Intercultural Training for German - American Teams: From Diversity to Synergy

First Day

8.30 'Meet & Greet'

9.00 Intercultural Training: Presentation of program

9.15 Cultural differences? You must be joking!
Research results and practical experience / Lecture

9.45 Perception and Experience
How strengths and weaknesses are mutually perceived / Group work

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 ‘The meeting’: An exercise on mutual perception

11.15 Evaluation of the exercise

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Planning and cooperation – Similarities and Differences
A structured exercise / Introduction

13.20 Part 1: Planning

13.50 Part 2: Teamwork

14.15 Part 3: Quality circle

14.30 Part 4: Improved teamwork

15.00 Coffee Break

15.30 Evaluation I: Experiences of the team
Results to be discussed in the plenary session

16.15 Evaluation II: Plenary session
* A comparison of the experiences of the two groups
* Comments from the observers
* Cultural preferences and their impact on day-to-day cooperation

18:00 End of first day’s program

Second day

08.30 Review of day one
Outstanding issues and comments

08.45 Professional self-image
Taking a look at values in national groups

09.30 Plenary session: Exchange of results
Similarities and differences

10.20 Coffee break

10.50 ‘Bridging the gap’
A structured exercise on cross-cultural cooperation

12.00 Exercise evaluation

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Input: Cross-cultural cooperation
Practical insights based on IFIM’s experience

15.45 Coffee break

16.15 Commitments for cooperation
Part 1: Brainstorming in mixed groups

16.45 Commitments for cooperation
Part 2: Exchange and synthesis of group results

17.30 Seminar evaluation and closing comments

18.00 End of program

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