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Campus International Summer School Schmalkalden An Introduction to our special International Programme at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden
CampusIntroduction The International Summer School Schmalkalden 2009 focuses on the challenges confronting the world economy under the conditions of cross-cultural management. The second millennium ended by bringing a truly global dimension to economic activity: the prerogative of the market extended its reach even to those countries which had resisted it for decades; the well-advanced internationalisation of economic relationships has resulted in significant interdependence between regions and countries and an increasing integration of previously peripheral societies into the world economy. Matching these empirical trends, theories of 'globalisation' have grown in influence in academic and public policy circles since the end of the Cold War. According to this emerging orthodoxy, long- standing conditions of time, space and territoriality have been transformed, or even made obsolete, by world-wide trends.
Campus The third millennium has begun in the realisation that world-wide economic activity does not necessarily entail a growing similarity between systems of economic governance or between business practices, despite the ever increasing importance of multinational companies and the free flow of capital around the globe. Instead, inherited tradition and cultural difference are said to play a more important role than ever before as global trade and investment bring once nationally-orientated economies and firms into intimate contact and hence intense competition with one another. These developments make the role of contrasting and sometimes conflicting cultural value-systems highly relevant in two regards: first, differing approaches to the means and purposes of economic activity deriving from non-Western philosophies and cultures have consequences for the way in which, for example, Asian, Latin-American or African countries understand their role in the international economy and the trade policies they adopt as a consequence. Second, individual firms interested in expanding their activities to countries where western technocratic rationalism is confronted by religious-based value systems (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity or Islam), have to be able to adjust their market- entry, negotiating and trading strategies to fit in with local conventions and sensibilities.
Campus The challenges of the new economic reality do not, however, stop there. The enormous increase in international financial transactions, especially on the currency markets, over the past decades has been one of the clearest indications of the interconnected nature of todays world economy. Financial crises, for example, are no longer limited to one country, or even one continent, but have global implications. At the same time international capital flows and international trade act as a motor of further globalisation, linking the fates of the richest and poorest economies. With new communications techniques facilitating 24-hour round-the-world financial transactions, nation states are said to have lost much of their capacity to maintain control of, and to steer, their economies. Consequently the possibility and desirability of government intervention in pursuit of traditional goals such as stable economic growth, high levels of employment, the survival of national industries and equality via the welfare state, are increasingly called into question. The developed democratic states face competing and possibly contradictory demands: the creation of appropriate conditions for economic growth in global markets (flexibility) versus the maintenance of social cohesion (regulation). The ever-more integrated world economy is also made responsible for global ecological damage, financial and economic instability, starvation and mass migratory pressures, and the gap in wealth and health that separates the rich West from the poor rest.
Campus Paradoxically, it is at the very time that the market is universally recognised as the only viable form of economic and social organisation, and the challenges and alternatives to it least effective and credible, that the victory of a liberal world economic order is more likely to engender pessimism and fear than faith in a new era of growth and development. Some of the most trenchant and fundamental recent critiques of global markets have notably come from practitioners and former proponents of free market capitalism. The speculator George Soros has commented that he finds it easier to imagine the collapse of the global marketplace than the continuation of the present regime, while one-time neo- liberal advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Prof. John Gray, now believes that by allowing... freedom to world markets we ensure that the age of globalisation will be remembered as another turn in the history of servitude.
Campus The fear of an impending economic crash as a result of the advent of international turbo-capitalism is, however, perhaps less indicative of the state of the real economy than it appears. The exaggerated sense of a world economy out of control is encouraging the view that capitalism's problems stem from excess, from growing too fast, and that it needs to be reined back. With governments announcing action plans involving some extension of international regulation, control and containment, today's instinct for restraint in business and finance (as shown by decreasing levels of investment and the growth of risk management) is likely to be reinforced. A possible real danger in the major economies is that the hype about a global crisis will strengthen the impulse of business and political leaders to downplay the international economys potential for growth. The mentality which both inflates the difficulties and then reacts by saying 'hold back' could be a bigger threat to economic and social progress than either the possibility of a traditional economic crisis in the West, or the fall-out from financial disarray elsewhere.
Campus Guest professors from different countries and continents are invited to give us their views on these issues. The wide variety of countries, cultures and religions represented by our international students provides a timely and unique opportunity to investigate the impact of contrasting cultural-religious value systems on international business. Our goal is that students participating in the ISSS will be offered, and be able to develop through the exchange of perspectives and experiences, detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and interwoven challenges facing economies and firms in the new millennium. In addition, the growing importance of religious values and their economic implications will be examined in multicultural classes and develop the students cross-cultural abilities to prevent Huntingtons clash of civilizations.
ISSS 09 Programme 1st week 13 th International Summer School Schmalkalden (ISSS): International Economics and Cross-Cultural Management 08 June – 14 June 2009 1 st week weekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday 08.06.-14.06.8:00-20:00 arrival at Schmalkalden room C 301 building C Faculty of Business and Economics (Wirtschaft) Blechhammer 98574 Schmalkalden 11:00-12:00 C 201 Richert Obligatory Registration 12-14 C 201 Wymer 12-14 C 207 Vallejo 14-16 C 201 Ward 14-16 C 207 Castañeda 16:45-17:30 Schmalkalden Tour 18:00-22:00 Opening Ceremony Wilhelmsburg Castle 22:00-2:00 Opening Party Students Club 10-14 C 201 Wymer 10-14 C 207 Vallejo 14-18 C 201 Ward 14-18 C 207 Castañeda 10-13 C 201 Wymer 10-13 C 207 Vallejo 14-17 C 201 Ward 14-17 C Castañeda W10-12 C 201 Wymer 10-12 C 207 Vallejo 12-14 C 201 Ward 12-14 C 207 Castañeda 16:00-17:00 C 201 exam Wymer 16:00-17:00 C 207 exam Vallejo 18:00-19:00 C 201 exam Ward 18:00-19:00 C 207 exam Castañeda 09:55 – 20:00 Trip to Weimar and Erfurt bus stop Näherstiller Straße (opposite to Aldi supermarket) 09:55 – 16:00 Trip to Wartburg Castle bus stop Näherstiller Straße (opposite to Aldi supermarket)
ISSS 09 Programme 2nd week 13 th International Summer School Schmalkalden (ISSS): International Economics and Cross-Cultural Management 15 June – 21 June 2009 2 nd week weekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday 15.06.-21.06.10-14 C 104 Schmidt 10-14 C 201 Luther 14-18 C 201 García 14-18 C 207 Herbert 10-14 C 201 García 10-14 C 207 Herbert 14-18 C 104 Schmidt 14-18 C 201 Luther 20-22 Schmalympics Opening Ceremony on Campus 22-24 Schmalympics Party on Campus 10-20 Schmalympics sports events 20-2 Schmalympics Victory Ceremony 22-1 Midnight-Sun Lecture in the forest 10-14 C 104 Schmidt 10-14 C 201 Luther 14-18 C 201 García 14-18 C 207 Herbert 21-22 Schmalympics Closing Ceremony 22-1 Schmalympics Party on Campus 10:00-11:00 C 104 exam Schmidt 10:00-11:00 C 201 exam Luther 11:30-12:30 C 201 exam García 11:30-12:30 C 201 exam Herbert Trip to Berlin and Potsdam 13:25 departure Näherstiller Straße opposite to Aldi ca. 18:30 arrival at Berlin BerlinPotsdam
ISSS 09 Programme 3rd week 13 th International Summer School Schmalkalden (ISSS): International Economics and Cross-Cultural Management 22 June – 27 June 2009 3 rd week weekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday 22.06.-27.06.10-14 C 201 Chittick 10-14 C 207 Luther 14-18 C 201 Gordon 14-18 C 207 Barbosa 10-14 C 201 Chittick 10-14 C 207 Luther 14-18 C 201 Gordon 14-18 C 207 Barbosa 21-2 International Party Students Club 10-13 C 201 Chittick 10-13 C 207 Luther 14-17 C 201 Gordon 14-17 C 207 Barbosa 10:00-11:00 C 201 exam Chittick 10:00-11:00 C 207 exam Luther 12:00-13:00 C 201 exam Gordon 12:00-13:00 C 207 exam Barbosa 18:00-6:00 Thuringian Forest Midnight-Sun Lecture Richert meeting point: C 101 14:00-16:00 accommodation check (please stay at home) 17:30 photo of all ISSS students at Wilhelmsburg Castle 18-22 Graduation Ceremony at Wilhelmsburg Castle 22-late Good-by Party Students Club : 9:00 check out & departure (early morning)
Campus The campus & its buildings Klick on the buildings on the map to get further information Building D Building C Building S Building A Building F Building E Building B Building H Building I Building K Building G Building R
Campus Building B – Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Campus Building C – Business & Economics basement –StuRa office –lavatories ground floor: –PC room –class rooms –information boards first floor –class rooms –Aula second floor –Professors offices –ISSS offices C 301 and 307
Campus Building I - Library opening hours: http://fh-sm.de/Oeffnungszeiten.html outside reading area meeting & multimedia rooms single studying rooms several PCs and workplaces WLAN available in all rooms & LAN access in single studying rooms
Campus Church St. Georg Schmalkalden is on the 'German Timber-Framed Houses Trail'. The listed buildings in the historic town centre, with their air of medieval romance, are particularly attractive, as are the late-gothic town church of St. George and the Wilhelmsburg Castle.