creating innovative synergies by culture-reflective collaboration

MEETING CULTURES I enforcing intercultural awareness

As cooperation continues to become increasingly international and intercultural, so too is the number of challenges involved parties face in navigating these contexts successfully. Especially when it comes to knowledge-intensive fields, diverse learning and teaching styles, different didactical experiences and educational cultures affect working relationships, supervision, leadership, knowledge transfer, communication and collaboration.

New cultural standards for respectful conduct have to be set when establishing multi-cultural working groups or teaching settings. A fundamental understanding of intercultural communication patterns, teaching, learning and working cultures helps to reflect on one’s own cultural awareness. It paves the way to better modes of dealing with ambiguities and insecurities during intercultural collaboration and teaching.


This workshop enhances intercultural competencies and promotes the participant’s ability to maintain security in cross-cultural situations. Reflection units and practical exercises make space for discussing individual experiences about how to adjust communication flexibly to suit intercultural working environments.


  • Reflection on identity and cultural values
  • Models of intercultural competence and their classification
  • Conduct with diversity, commonalities and unfamiliarity
  • Coping with diverse learning cultures and working styles
  • Awareness of time, power, authority, conflicts and values
  • Establishing trust, promoting confidence in cross-cultural work
  • Approaches and skills for intercultural interactions



  • Reflection on own attitudes towards other cultures
  • Better understanding of intercultural influences in collaboration
  • Development of bridge-building coping strategiesdownload workshop description
CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUES I managing group collaboration

Moderating working processes  can help pave the  way to profound learning, creative thinking and collaborative work. Aims could be manifold, such as leading a discussion, elaborating results jointly, opening the floor for reflection or supporting decision-making processes. Group work makes space for exchanging knowledge, new ideas and synergies but also for disagreements, opposition, criticism and feedback.

Relationships between participants, tensions and disguised conflicts could interfere in group dynamics and make communication and moderation a challenging task. Ultimately, topics and content should be presented in a goal-oriented, understandable and visual form.


This workshop aims to establish a method-based setting for group collaboration, understanding group dynamics and keeping the focus on core issues in the face of potential interpersonal, cross-cultural stress factors.


  • Managing diversity in group settings
  • Establishing frameworks for groups and topics
  • Responsibilities, roles, relationships, dependencies in group dynamics
  • Moderating discussions, differences, disagreements and contradictions
  • Reflecting on roles, communication and stress patterns
  • Interventions and suitable action items during group work



  • Methodological framework for navigating group work
  • Reflection on roles, attitudes and communication
  • Coping strategies for leadership positions within groups
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GROWING TEAMS I facilitating culturally reflective collaboration

Cross-cultural teams can achieve crucial benefits in knowledge and innovation, provided that an effective, trustful and open communication culture has been established.

However, effective collaboration in teams composed of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, disciplines, fields of work and mindsets can be challenging. Various understandings of and perspectives on commitments as well as collaboration through different educational backgrounds, languages or time zones present special challenges for such teams.

Working styles in cross-cultural environments often take on a dynamic of their own, which may be highly unpredictable and difficult to manage.  A flexible skillset of leadership and intervention methods provides crucial impulses for improving cooperation and assists in remaining focused on common goals and objectives.


This workshop helps participants establish methodological impulses for constructive collaborations in cross-cultural and virtual working environments.


  • Phases of and cultural dimensions in international collaboration
  • Typical challenges and conflicts within cross-cultural teamwork
  • Establishing standards and agreements for successful collaboration
  • Promoting confidence, trust and strengthening relationships
  • Critical roles and responsibilities in collaboration
  • Cultural aspects when using collaborative software


  • Understanding the unique working conditions in intercultural and virtual teams
  • Assessing method knowledge for constructive collaboration
  • Enhancing leadership skills in cross-cultural team work




  • Team coachingworkshop description to download
LEADING PROJECTS I basics and methods for project experts

Project management plays an important role in the globalized world: projects are becoming increasingly complex and international. Projects facilitate fast and flexible reactions to changing market situations or requests from organizations. The key challenge besides project coordination and organization is communication.

Projects in scientific or expert environments are subject to different rules than economic projects. They spring from unanswered questions rather than economic necessity. Scientific projects, by in large, do not result in consumer products but reveal new findings, methods or concepts.

Deployment of professional tools as applied in industry support objective attainment, effective project controls, risk mitigation and structured communication. The challenges lie in adjusting techniques and methods from project management to meet the specific demands of academia and within highly-specialized organizations.


This workshop conveys basic project management knowledge, methods and competencies and focusses the challenges of interdisciplinary and intercultural project work. Practical exercises provide insights into how project management tools can be used. Additionally, the roles, responsibilities and skills set of project leadership are outlined.



  • Project management in science and industry: similarities and differences
  • Particular challenges in expert organizations and international project collaboration
  • Principles of project planning, controlling and cooperation
  • Project leadership: roles, responsibilities, skills and challenges
  • Traditional vs. agile project management: opportunities and limitation



  • Understanding and applying the positive effects of structured project planning
  • Knowledge of the opportunities and limits of project management and cross-cultural project collaboration
  • Application of hands-on methodical project management and leadership skills



Follow-up day for individual assessments during project flow. The project review day builds upon the basic course and provides participants with the opportunity to focus on their own projects using the provided resources as well as discuss individual questions, identify possible pitfalls and develop approaches for solutions.




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