ERIC Number: ED377734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
German 450: Introduction to Business Operations in Germany. Initiating the Integration Process into the International Business Environment for German Majors at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels.
Becker, Claudia A.
The redesign of a course on German business, taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is described. The course, intended for both undergraduate and graduate German majors, initially described and defined German institutions and common business practices and explored differences in historical and cultural backgrounds. Course revision focused on a new component: initiating the student into the German-American business community as their future employer. A speaker series brought in German and American representatives of German companies and American companies in business in German-speaking countries. Field trips provided discussion sessions with employees, trainees, and interns in the German business environment, and highlighted German-American corporate cultures, business styles, and strategies. A workshop offered experience in authentic job/internship interviews. It is felt that as a result of the changes, students have learned strategies for dealing with cross-cultural challenges, student work has become more self-directed, and students have become more confident in their job searches. A copy of the syllabus and grading policy is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, College Second Language Programs, Course Content, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design, Field Trips, Foreign Countries, German, Graduate Study, Higher Education, International Trade, Majors (Students), Socialization, Student Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany