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MBA students gain understanding of German business practices and culture

Professor Mike Whitty with students from MBA 594 at a mosque in Mannaheim, Germany.

For the first time this year, students taking MBA 594 went to Germany with Professor Mike Whitty for one week to compare and contrast government and business policies and the cultures of the U.S. and Germany. Eleven participating students stayed at Heinrich Pesch Haus Center for Applied Ethics, a Jesuit institution located in Ludwigshafen, (one hour south of Frankfurt). The group visited DaimlerChrysler, BASF, the European Council, and also heard from top representatives of Proctor and Gamble as well as an elected official. There was time for sightseeing in the historical cities of Speyer and Heidelberg, where Germany's oldest university is located.

Says Whitty, “I was particularly impressed during our visit to DaimlerChrysler. The company has a sustainability center and is part of the global corporate social compact for sustainable business. This shows the growing importance of sustainable business and furthers sustainability’s emergence as a new model for economic growth and business values. “