Win-Win or run them into the ground?

Dr. Dirk Mommsen is a well-known business consultant and author. His upcoming book is about how companies establish and maintain long-term business relationships in a fast-paced, global economy. One of the chapters will compare the respective German and American approaches. You‘ve agreed to be interviewed by Dr. Mommsen because you manage your company‘s most critical […]

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A Little Process Handbook

You’re a high-level attorney, a single parent raising two girls: Marie 15, Anna 12. You and your girls live in a lovely home in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with almost half an acre of land. The summers are hot, humid, often rainy. The grass needs to be cut once a week. It’s time for Marie […]

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Technology and History

You’ve been selected to advise the director of the new Museum of German Industry in Stuttgart, generously financed by large German corporations.  Although you were trained as a mechanical engineer at the Universität Aachen, and have over twenty years of experience in product development, you also think as a historian. History was your favorite subject […]

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“Turn down that noise!”

Our courts in the U.S. are so full of disputes between neighbors that community mediators are being asked to resolve the conflicts. A member of the major’s staff in your town has asked you to get involved.  You’ve lived in the town for many years, are respected and involved in various activities. You go through […]

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A walk with your daughter.

Your twelve-year old daughter, Emma, walks off the soccer field, her head hanging low. Her team just lost a 2-1 heartbreaker. Emma plays goaltender. Giving up two goals is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, she blocked at least four shots on goal, two of which would have gone in against a less capable […]

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„Tommy needs a car.“

The summer is just around the corner. You and your spouse don’t want to continue driving your son, Tommy (age 18), and his two younger sisters around town to their various activities. Since Tommy has a driver’s license and drives responsibly, the two of you will sit down together on Sunday evening and plan your […]

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„Who forgot to order the nails?“

You’re quite the handyman. As a teenager you built your own tree fort. You’re an adult now, married, three young children, just moved into a home built in the 1950s, offering all sorts of opportunities to apply your natural talent.  You decide to build an outdoor deck. The spring is approaching and you simply can’t […]

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July 4th in Manhattan

Bob lives with his German-born wife, Katarina, and their two children in Manhattan. When the holidays approach Katarina often invites over a few German ex-patriate friends – Ingrid, as well as Heinz and Petra. Bob invites his sister, Ann, as well as an old college friend, Larry and his wife, Mary.  All highly educated and […]

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