In this video, Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Dr Julika Baumann Montecinos and ZU student Melanie Weiser look back at the highlights of the Transcultural Leadership Summit 2020. They reflect on how the topic of the summit is related to current challenges and why it is important to deal with "New Silk Roads - New Perspectives for Europe?”.
In 2019 the Transcultural Leadership Summit focused on transcultural leadership and cooperation in and with Europe. Europe faces major economic, social and political challenges and transformations, not least within the frameworks of democratic societies, cross-border value creation, migration, and digitalization. The Corona pandemic further increased the relevance and poignancy of this development.
In times of globalisation, the creation of economic and social value literally crosses borders. In terms of the determinants of successful global cooperation, particularly concerning the involved cultural challenges, manifold questions arise: Which characteristics distinguish a transculturally competent person? What does it mean if an organisation pursues a transcultural approach when developing its global strategy? And which learning processes enable and strengthen transculturality? These are some of the topics that a research group which was recently established at LEIZ focuses on.
The 2-day conference programme was based on the work in progress of the Delphi study and aimed to take a closer look at those aspects which, according to the first findings of the study, are considered by the expert group to be particularly relevant for further discussions in the field. In panel discussions, keynote speeches and group sessions, the experts reflected on topics such as “Focus on Commonalities”, “Cultural Competence in the 21st Century”, “Leadership Implications” and “Trends in the Field”, and connected the study results to their particular fields of work and experience.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, individuals´ lives have been turned upside down: the imposition of new rules has thwarted human beings going about their usual everyday lives. The social sphere of the self has been particularly affected: social distancing and lockdown have become integral parts of a worldwide shared vernacular. A blogpost by Jessica Geraldo Schwengber.
On www.zu-daily.de our project manager Dr Julika Baumann Montecinos recently gave an interview on the concept of transculturality, which is the guiding concept for all of the Transcultural Caravan’s projects. Questions like "What exactly is transculturality?" or questions on the importance of transculturality are getting answered by Baumann Montecinos.
Like the three previous summits on China, Sub-Sahara Africa, and Brazil, this year’s summit, too, took place on the ZF campus of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. It attracted 200 visitors from all over the world. The organisation and realisation was in the hands of 20 ZU students under the project lead of Kirsti Grund and Laura Trattner.
In 2018 the Transcultural Leadership Summit focused on transcultural leadership and cooperation in and with Brazil. The keynotes, workshops and discussions at the Summit gave rise to ideas on how to take the presented thoughts further within the context of transcultural research. The theory of Relational Leadership interprets leadership not in terms of an individual’s position, personal traits or charisma but as the result of a social exchange process between the leader and the follower within an organisational and institutional context. Relational Leadership puts cooperation, particularly the motivational and structural determinants and success factors of cooperation, at the center of its analysis. Within this perspective, individual and organisational resources that shape the dynamic and continuous processes of social interaction and learning are prerequisite and result of cooperation at the same time.
The international community of governmental actors shapes international standards and treaties regarding women’s rights. One of the significant tools of governing women’s rights globally is the yearly Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations. This year it deals with social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. A blogpost by Miriam Mona Müller.
The third Transcultural Leadership Summit, an annual conference at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, was once again a resounding success. Organised by students from Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) and the Transcultural Caravan, the summit focuses on a particular country or region every year in order to shed light on issues of transculturality and transcultural leadership in the given region. After China and Sub-Saharan Africa in the last two years, the focus in 2018 was Brazil. Given the presidential elections in October and the leading role that Brazil has for the entire South American continent on global markets, this year’s focus is a very topical one.