German - US Global Leadership Lab

Leuphana University – San Jose State University Exchange
Spring 2013

German-US Global Leadership Lab at SJSU

The GLLab (Global Leadership Laboratory) held a week-long session from February 25th to March 1st, 2013 with SJSU’s MBA-One cohort, three additional graduate students, and sixteen masters students from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. The German students were accompanied by Professors Juergen Deller and Juergen Deters. This exchange program was developed by Dr. Deller, a former Lucas Scholar in Residence at SJSU and currently a GLAC research fellow, and Dr. Joyce Osland, executive director of GLAC (Global Leadership Advancement Center).

In the GLLab, students were assessed, trained and tested on various global leadership skills by Dr. Osland. Dr. Marty Petrone, GLAC Visiting Scholar from Miami University, also helped facilitate GLLab simulations. A highlight was a 6-hour assessment center exercise focused on Daimler’s team and leadership competencies. This session was designed and taught by Drs. Deller and Deters, who have first-hand experience with assessment centers used by German companies.

The students enjoyed two excellent guest speakers. Richard Okumoto, Principal at Miller/Okumoto, Inc., gave a presentation entitled “Blending Cross Cultural Management with Silicon Valley Culture: Minimizing Conflict”. Applied Materials executive Werner Finsterbusch, Corporate Vice President of Applied Global Service Sales, spoke about his company’s global focus and his career as a global leader. The field trips to Google and to the Computer Museum were other high points in the week.

To provide the German students with an opportunity to see how Americans live, Naglee Park neighbors and GLAC staff generously opened their homes to lodge the students. The week began with a welcome dinner for the German visitors and their hosts at the home of Stacy Wheeler, GLAC Project Coordinator.

SJSU @ Leuphana University – May 12-17, 2013

Seven MBA students from the Lucas Graduate School of Business and three top undergraduate students from the College of Business attended a week-long program organized by Dr. Juergen Deller at Leuphana University in Luneburg, Germany and Dr. Joyce Osland, who led the student tour. SJSU professors and GLAC staff Gretchen Lester and Pam Wells also accompanied the students. The SJSU contingent joined German, Russian, and Turkish students to focus on strategic international human resources. In addition to learning modules presented by Leuphana students, guest speakers included top HR executives from the Hay Group, ThyssenKrupp, and Allianz. The highlight of the week was a guided tour at Airbus. The week began with a welcome dinner hosted by the German students who visited SJSU in March; these students also housed the SJSU students.


German-US Global Leadership Lab at San Jose State University

Spring, 2012

The GLLab (Global Leadership Laboratory) held a week-long session from March 31-March 5th, 2012 with SJSU’s MBA-One cohort and twelve masters students from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. The German students were accompanied by Professors Juergen Deller and Juergen Deters, and doctoral student Anne Marit Wöhrmann, who serves as the liaison for the program. This exchange program was developed by Dr. Deller, a former Lucas Scholar in Residence at SJSU and currently a GLAC research fellow, and Dr. Joyce Osland, executive director of GLAC. In May, MBA-One students will travel with Dr. Osland to Leuphana University and spend a week studying and visiting German firms.

In the GLLab, students were assessed, trained and tested on various global leadership skills by Dr. Osland. Dr. Pierre-Yves Sanséau, GLAC Visiting Scholar from The Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France, also helped facilitate one of the GLLab simulations.  A highlight was a 6-hour assessment center exercise focused on Daimler’s team and leadership competencies.  This session was designed and taught by Dr. Deller, Dr. Deters, and Ms. Wöhrmann who have first-hand experience with assessment centers used by German companies.  

The students enjoyed two excellent guest speakers.  Richard Okumoto, Principal at Miller / Okumoto, Inc., gave a presentation entitled “Blending Cross Cultural Management with Silicon Valley Culture:  Minimizing Conflict!”  Applied Materials executive Werner Finsterbusch, Corporate Vice President of Applied Global Service Sales, spoke about his company’s global focus and his career as a global leader.  The field trip to Cisco’s Executive Briefing Center to see the telepresence unit was another high point in the week. 

To provide the German students with an opportunity to see how Americans live, Naglee Park neighbors and GLAC staff generously opened their homes to lodge the students. The week began with a welcome dinner for the German visitors and their hosts at the home of Stacy Wheeler, GLAC Project Coordinator.


 2011 German-US Global Leadership Lab at San Jose State University

March 2011

The GLLab (Global Leadership Laboratory) held a week-long session from March 1-5th, 2011 with SJSU's MBA-One cohort and seven masters students and one doctoral student from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. The German students were accompanied by Professors Juergen Deller, Volker Stief and Thomas Schomerus. This exchange program was developed by Dr. Deller, a former Lucas Scholar in Residence at SJSU and currently a Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) research fellow, and Dr. Joyce Osland, executive director of GLAC. In May, MBA-One students will travel with Dr. Osland to Leuphana University and spend a week studying and visiting German firms.

In the GLLab, students were assessed, trained and tested on various global leadership skills by Dr. Osland. Dr. Pini Kemppainnen, GLAC Visiting Scholar from Finland's JTO School of Management, also helped facilitate the GLLab. A highlight was an 8-hour assessment center exercise focused on Daimler's team and leadership competencies. This session was designed and taught by Dr. Deller, Dr. Stief, and Anne Marit Wöhrmann who have first-hand experience with assessment centers used by German companies.

Guest speaker Karl Kokrhoun, CFO Vaccines & Diagnostics at Novartis, told students about the expatriate experience. Jon Atkins, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, described his job as a telecommunications analyst and provided students with career advice. Applied Materials executive Werner Finsterbusch, Corporate Vice President of Applied Global Service Sales, spoke about his company's global focus and his career as a global leader. The field trip to Cisco's Executive Briefing Center to see the telepresence unit was another high point in the week.

To provide the German students with an opportunity to see how Americans live, Naglee Park neighbors and GLAC staff generously opened their homes to lodge the students. The week began with a welcome dinner for the German visitors and their hosts at the Osland house.

This program was made possible by GLAC staff Jeff Gaines (assistant director), Stacy Wheeler (coordinator), and Jessica Navarro and Emalynn Robinson (graduate assistants). Dr. Mahesh Rajan, MBA Director, contributed to making this week a success, along with the staff of the Lucas Graduate School, Prabha Chandrasekar, Barbara Somers and John Cesari.


2010 German-US Global Leadership Lab at San Jose State University

March 2010

The GLLab (Global Leadership Lab) held a week-long session from March 4-10th, 2010 with SJSU's MBA-One cohort and five masters students from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. The German students were accompanied by Professors Juergen Deller and Juergen Deters. In addition to the intercultural exchange that occurred throughout the week, the students were assessed, trained and tested on various global leadership skills. The GLLab was taught by SJSU College of Business professor Joyce Osland and by Dr. Deller and Dr. Deters. Guest speaker, Karl Kokrhoun, CFO Vaccines & Diagnostics at Novartis, spoke on “The Expatriate Experience.” Jon Atkins, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, described his company and his job for students and provided them with career advice. One of the highlights was an 6-hour assessment center exercise focused on Daimler's team and leadership competencies. This session was designed and taught by Dr. Deters and Dr. Deller, a former Lucas Scholar in Residence at SJSU. Both professors have first-hand experience with assessment centers used by German companies. The fieldtrip to Cisco's telepresence unit was a big hit with the students. To provide the German students with an opportunity to see how Americans live, they were housed with SJSU professors.

Another highlight was the joint session on intercultural competence with University of Athabasca EMBAs from Canada. As their newsletter noted, “Nineteen Athabasca University EMBA students traveled to San Jose for "Risk Taking and Leadership in the Silicon Valley," coached by Dr. James Spee of Redlands University in California. A morning at San Jose State's Global Leadership Lab run by Dr. Joyce Osland from San Jose State University gave the Canadian EMBA students the opportunity to interact with other students from Germany and California. A highlight of the lab was a revealing exercise in global communications among the groups, which showed how assumptions and stereotypes about other cultures can limit success.”