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German-American Collaboration

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German-American Collaboration-talking-together Greg Nees talking together

Based on my experience working with a number of German organizations, there are three general strategies that German parent companies use when collaborating with their American subsidiaries. These three strategies are described below from the viewpoint of the American associates working in the U.S. subsidiary. Local Autonomy: Some German companies take a very “hands-off” approach […]

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Successful Transatlantic Collaboration

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In addition to choosing the appropriate strategy for collaboration, there are a few other factors that play a major role when Germans and Americans work together. One of the most important is, not surprisingly, the development of good working relationships. Participants in my workshops emphasize the importance of structures and processes that support relationships based […]

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Test All Assumptions

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Test-Assumptions-talking-together Greg Nees talking together

We were in the middle of a teambuilding workshop for a German-American management team that was experiencing difficulties. My job as interculturalist and group facilitator was to help them improve their communication skills and to negotiate cultural hurdles. As soon as Karl-Heinz replied to Robert’s remark, I knew there was a disconnect and I stopped […]