German 450, Business Operations in German-Speaking Countries Business is business, right? Wrong! Despite the growing integration of the European Union, different countries have different cultures, and that includes different business cultures. These have been shaped by historical, political, and economic factors, and it takes a knowledge of those factors to understand a country!s business culture. Nowhere is this more true than in Germany. And an understanding of German business culture is essential for dealing effectively with German businesses. German 450 deals with the political, cultural, historical, and economic environment in which business operates in the German-speaking countries and with the effects of this environment on international business. Specifically, the course looks at Germany!s historic regional differences, the postwar Economic Miracle and the strains which resulted from it, modern Germany!s problematic relationship with historic traditions, the stresses arising from the presence of a large immigrant population, and the prickly relationship between the State, the establishment, and the intellectual community. In addition, the course will address the history of the German Democratic Republic and the subsequent development of its regions after the dissolution of the GDR and the creation of a new united Germany. There will also be discussions of the very differing roles of Austria and Switzerland in modern Europe. GER 450 is taught in English and is open to all advanced undergraduates (27670) and to all graduate students (27684). Its aim is to familiarize students with the current social, political and economic atmosphere in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Also the possibilities for obtaining internships with Chicago area German, Austrian, and Swiss-based businesses will be explored. German 215 will be offered spring semester 2009, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Please register for it as soon as possible. If you have any additional questions, get in touch with Professor David Weible, email@example.com, 312-355-1321.
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