Co-operating Successfully with Germans

Ifim Institut für Interkulturelles Management

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Tipologie Seminar
Niveau Anfänger
Methodologie Inhouse
Dauer 2 Tage
  • Seminar
  • Anfänger
  • Inhouse
  • Dauer:
    2 Tage

The course illustrates socially and culturally determined patterns of thinking and behaving in Germany. The programme is focused on those aspects of working and living which are particularly relevant to the Indians in Germany. The participants develop an appreciation of German cultural standards which enables them to. correctly understand and anticipate the German approach;. successfully pursue their own objectives;. quickly recognise areas of inter-cultural conflict and constructively handle them;. identify and utilise the potential for synergy.
Gerichtet an: Indian managers and specialists working in Germany or with German business partners




Co-operating Successfully with Germans

Day 1:

8:30 Welcome and Introduction
Trainer, participants and programme

9:00 Different Cultures – Different Values
Cultural diversity creates difficulties and opportunities
An introduction to German values

10:30 Tea Break

11:00 Information and Communication
Conversational behaviour in Germany

11:30 Professional Self-Presentation
Meeting a new German boss ( role play)
Understanding German work-relationships and professional roles

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Leadership and Employee Expectations
From education objectives to employee profiles
'The Software Engineer' - group work with case study

15:30 Tea Break

15:50 Conflict-Management at Work
Handling a difficult situation: A conversation with the boss (role play)
Evaluation and analysis of management styles

17:00 These Strange German Ways…
Questions about everyday-life

17:45 Review of First Day

18:00 End of first day

Day 2:

8:30: Review of first day
Comments and outstanding issues

9:00 Business Culture in India and Germany
Understanding differences in business concepts
Introductory role play

10:00 Tea Break

10:20 Effective Business Presentations
A product presentation to a German customer
Structured group exercise

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Functional Work-Organisation in Germany
Differences in teamwork, planning and decision making
Solutions for successful co-operation

15:30 Tea Break

16:00 Cultural Diversity – Strength or Weakness?
Examining the results of the seminar
Creating a platform of mutual respect and understanding

17:00 Lessons learned and Open Questions

17:30 Seminar Evaluation and Closing Comments

18:00 End of programme

The Contrast-Culture method of teaching is utilised throughout the programme and employs concrete exercises
and case studies drawn from practical experience. Roll-playing with the German instructor amplifies the
differences in German and Indian approaches and provides opportunities to practice successful behaviour in
an inter-cultural context.

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