Zur Zeit wird gefiltert nach: Study Abroad
After a very very short night, better said a "two-to-three-in-the-morning-nap", several security controls and checks, mistrusting looks into my face if I might be a terrible terrorist, a short stop in London Heathrow, two movies, a too tired stewardess who covers me with hot - and I mean HOT! - coffee all over my lap, the ambigious approach to sleep next to a loudly snorring neighbour, another bundge of security controls and loads of questions, why I want to come to the US, if I am a terrorist and if I carry nuclear weapons with me - yes, seriously... - , a quite conveient transfer to my dorm, learning the fact, that Americans drive really slow on their highways and a first missing thought to the beloved "Autobahn", a quick and nice check-in procedure and one last final jump/fall into my bed I recognize, that I finally arrived in the US :-).
I am living "on campus" meaning within the terretory of the University's possessed buildings and halls, in the part of Washington called "Foggy Bottom" - well, not "nebliger Hintern" but rather "vernebeltes Ende" of Washington - as it is located directly next to the Potomac River and just tein walking minutes from the White House. I share a kind of flat with three other students from Spain, England and Scottland.
The George Washington University is a city campus, which means, that the whole university is located within the city of Washington and all the departments and Schools, as for example the School of Business I will attend, are looking like huge offices and are spread in the mentioned Foggy Bottom area, which gives you a very cool first impression.
Nice to meet you!
My name is Achim Schade, I am 21 years old, currently studying General Management and Business Law in the 4th semester at the EBS University and I will spend this fourth semester abroad at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C..
To give you a little more insight what it is like to study at the EBS University, I will blog all my experiences and learnings from my semester abroad in this little blog section, such that you can come by from time to time and see, how things are going on across the pond.
Some more facts about me:
After my "Abitur" in Mönchengladbach, I began studying G.M./Business Law at the EBS in fall 2009. Since, I head a really really exciting and fun time, packed with many cool situations and good times during the precedent three semester. Studying at the EBS is very special in a great variety of reasons. One of them is the mandatory semester abroad during the bachelor studies at one of the many partner universities all around the globe. This is not only supposed to improve language skills, but also help to "broaden the horizon", literary "looking over the plates edge" and getting familiar with other cultures.
Honestly, it is the first time in the US for me, so I am very looking forward to compare the US we all know out of the news, TV-Shows, movies and so on with the things I will find over there. Speaking of expectations, I hope they do not expect me showing up in lethertrousers, drinking beer and eating "sour-crowd" all the time :-).
See you soon,
I was introduced during this week to a different exam format; I had my first Oral exam at Copenhagen Business School. Now some of you may be saying, so what! Well, to place the exam in context, the oral exam lasts 20 minutes and represents your mark for an entire semesters course work and in my case 7,5 ECTS. The pressure to perform is immense. Prior to the oral exam the student needs to write a 3 page synopsis, which is intended to set the scene for the discussion in the oral exam, but the synopsis does not count for any marks. The academic level of the synopsis is used to frame the discussion so in that way indirectly has an effect on your mark. In short, all points are given for your performance in those 20 minutes!
The 20 minutes are structured as follows, the student has 2 min to present at the beginning of the exam, without any PowerPoint, so just speaking. Then the examiners will ask the student questions related to the readings that the student referred to in their synopsis for the following 6 to 8 minutes. Thereafter the examiner will ask questions about any reading in the entire semester course for the following 6 to 8 minutes. Then the student leaves the room and the two examiners discuss the student's performance. The student is called in and given their mark in the 20th minute of the exam.
I found it an extremely tough yet efficient way of being examined. The only disadvantages are that some student's competence does not lie in presenting and speaking, and also that the students entire semester mark hinges on performing in a 20 minute time period, which converts it into a high pressure situation.
However, for business students that are going to be constantly faced in their future careers with time pressure and expected high performance in pressure situations, I think this examination style provides them with excellent preparation for the real working world.
In this week's entry, I will tell you briefly what has been keeping me busy academically whilst here in Copenhagen. The natural starting point is the courses I have been attending at CBS. I have four courses a week, each session is two and a half hours including two short five to ten minute breaks. I fortunately only have one course which starts at 8am the other three courses are all at reasonable times of day. The major differences I find at CBS vs EBS is that we have less face time here with the lecturers, larger classes and more pre-reading for each class. Currently each of my courses have on average 50 pages of reading per session.
In addition, the course that I have chosen each have a practical element to them, which is primarily what attracted me to the courses. However there are purely theory based course available for those students who prefer that. An example of the practical element in one of my courses, “Business Plan Writing for Social Enterprises”, is we have been assigned an external coach to help us develop our business plan and we are also writing a business plan that can be put into action. So real world contacts, budgets, funding options and business models. My group is writing a business plan on Bio-gas production for domestic use in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are striving to strike a balance between the positive social benefits which the social enterprise needs to deliver and the financial sustainability that the social enterprise requires to optimize the scale of its social impact. Motivation, enthusiasm and commitment are all present in our group and the group dynamics are functioning well, so I am looking forward to our final result.
This really has gotten to be a key topic during my studies here at Tsinghua University. One of the most important reoccurring concepts which must be considered in the Chinese business environment is Guanxi. This term basically addresses the type of relationship which one has to build in order to do business in China. Take supply chain management for example. Supplier-buyer communications and information sharing is an essential ingredient in effective purchasing. To promote this a personal relationship or Guanxi must be established, over time to build trust and understanding between the two parties. This informal but strong tie to each other allows parties to open up towards each other, and business in China will not succeed without it.
An example of a company who broke Guanxi with their partner can be seen from the Danone Wahaha joint venture. The relationship between the two companies quickly turned sour due to a dispute over Danone’s increase in ownership of the joint venture. It was a small but high impact stake increase as it made Danone the majority shareholder with 51% ownership. The Chinese partners, feeling betrayed, would no longer cooperate with Danone and there was nothing Danone could do. Not even their newly acquired majority ownership allowed them to control the organization. The end result of the small stake increase was the loss of trust, which ultimately led to Danone’s exit of the Chinese market. So remember, when in China build a strong Guanxi and don’t forget to maintain it, your business depends on it.
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