3.12 Germany and the Netherlands. Working methods, communication and scientific systems in comparison

Kursdetails/Course Details

3.12 S2023

9:00 - 17:30

Trainer: Dr. Ute Schürings und Elena Schmitz
Course fee:
free of charge
Ort/Venue: Schlaues Haus Oldenburg
Registration deadline:

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Dr. Ute Schürings has been a trainer for intercultural communication with a focus on the Netherlands and Belgium for 12 years. As a facilitator she accompanies change processes in organizations. Her goal is to enable a deeper understanding of people and their motivations - in the team, in the company, on an international level.

Elena Schmitz works as a trainer and coach for New Work and Diversity. She is co-founder of the agency Business Design Thinking and accompanies organizations in exploring their own inner potential and establishing a culture of participation and diversity.

Her joint clients include internationally active companies, research institutions and public authorities (TU Munich, German Aerospace Institute, State Chancelleries of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands).

3.12 Germany and the Netherlands. Working methods, communication and scientific systems in comparison

Although the distances are short and the border hardly noticeable, the working culture and scientific systems of the neighboring countries Germany and the Netherlands are very different. This workshop gives PhD students* and Post Docs of the University of Oldenburg the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the realities of both countries. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Communication and decision-making processes: What is important to consider during a first contact? When is a commitment binding?
  • Feedback and error culture: How is criticism expressed?
  • Cultural identity: What values have developed historically, how did they come about, what continues to have an effect today?
  • Self-perception and perception by others: What has shaped me culturally? How does my behavior affect others?
  • Science systems in both countries: Performance orientation, state funding, doctoral studies, assessment, error culture.

The aim is to become aware of differences and to better understand the different ways of working - with the goal of achieving well-functioning cooperation in practice and being able to move confidently in both contexts.

Great emphasis is placed on an interactive way of working: The seminar is structured in such a way that participants can bring in their own experiences and needs and work on these.

Target group: Doctoral candidates and Postdocs

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