Monday, 23. March 2015

A Week of Intensive Exchange - WHU Dialog Days 2015

From March 14 until March 22, the third edition of Dialog Days took place on the Düsseldorf Campus of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.  As in previous years, once again WHU invited attendees to a week full of varied events that offered an opportunity to get to know WHU and exchange views with all other interested parties.

On the weekend, an information event sponsored by the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program kicked off WHU Dialog Days 2015. In addition to an info session, during a lunch together interested candidates had a chance to visit with current students of the EMBA program and with the EMBA team. To gain a more complete picture of the Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program, participants attended a trial lecture after the luncheon.

On Monday and Tuesday the Dialog Days once again devoted themselves to WHU core competencies by offering two lectures on economic issues. To kick off the week-long event, Professor Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, spoke about the situation of the euro against the backdrop of the crisis in Greece. In his talk, "Why We Need the Euro," he pleaded for more cohesion in Europe, and for preservation of the euro as a common currency.

In another lecture, "One-Two Pass Between Top-Level Sports and City?," Professor Sascha L. Schmidt, Scientific Director of the Center for Sports and Management at WHU, shed light on the societal and economic importance of professional sports for the city and region. Following Professor Schmidt's remarks, Jan Pommer, CEO of Beko Basketball Bundesliga, offered a rare glimpse into the world of German professional basketball.

At the beginning of the second half of the week, at the MSc & MBA After Work Info Session, WHU staff offered numerous prospective program participants an overview of Master and MBA programs at WHU. In a relaxed setting, participants met with current students and got to know the Düsseldorf campus a bit better.

A networking event of a different kind was held this year with the WHU-Kienbaum Personnel Breakfast. For the first time, Kienbaum and WHU invited executives in the human resources field to come together for a breakfast followed by a lecture. Professor Jochen Menges, holder of the Chair of Leadership and Human Resource Management, spoke about "People Management in the 21st Century - Trends and Challenges from the Perspective of Personnel Research."

Dialog Days had an exciting event in store for even the youngest prospective business students. Like last year's premiere, the second WHU KinderUni was very well-attended. In two exciting lectures, Professor Carl Marcus Wallenburg, holder of the Chair of Logistics and Services Management, and  Assistant Professor Dominik Schreyer and Florian Bünning, Center for Sports and Management, explained to the budding 6- to 10-year-old researchers how a good factory works,  and what "young managers" can learn from elite athletes.

The conclusion of Dialog Days and at the same time the beginning of the fourth edition of the series "Kunst@WHU" was the opening of the exhibition "Querbeet," showcasing pen and ink drawings, collages, caricatures and graphic works by Düsseldorf artist Bärbel Esser. "Female graphic artists are as rare as white ravens. So we are all the more delighted that we have the good fortune to exhibit works by Bärbel Esser," said Michael Ringel, owner of the Ringel framing workshop, noted in his introductory remarks. The exhibition presents some 80 works by the renowned artist spanning over 30 years. Numerous visitors had responded to the invitation to attend the exhibition opening – where works will be on display until June 10.

Rich in highlights, the week-long Dialog Days event offered interested individuals of all ages a dialog platform, a venue for an exchange of views, and an opportunity to get to know one another and the University.