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Intercultural Communications and Project Management

Communication skills, team work in an intercultural context, working in international networks, conflict management, mediation, facilitation, presentation, as well as computer-mediated communication are key aspects in work life. Moreover, time management is of crucial importance. Hence, more and more companies ask for managerial and project coordination expertise in a new employee. The aim of the course Intercultural Communications and Project Management is on the one hand to provide students with an awareness of cultural differences and to equip them with skills required for tackling problems of intercultural communication in a global setting, and on the other hand to introduce them with project management and its application in different situations.

As the study program takes place in Germany and Egypt, the cultural differences and similarities within the Western and the Arab World are of particular interest. Multiple aspects of communication and intercultural competencies will be provided.

In addition, the following fields will be covered in form of theoretical inputs, role games, working groups and interactive exercises:

  • Basic knowledge about culture, cultural dimensions, communication, diversity and intercultural competence.
  • Reflected dealing with different cultural values, behavior, perceptions, working patterns, stereotypes and prejudices and conflicts resulting out of diversity.
  • Develop basic competencies, interpersonal skills and strategies for successful inter-cultural and -gender communication.
  • Develop basic knowledge for establishing continuous dialogue with stakeholders from science, industry, NGOs as well as with customers, employees or the local population.

Within the Project Management taught in the module, students acquire knowledge of die law on the implementation of projects, particularly in the energy sector, from the perspective of clients and of service providers. Knowledge about the management tasks, management techniques and leadership means written for the planning and execution of projects mediated by the life-cycle orientation will be discussed. Project organization, schedule management, cost management, quality management, project management tools will be explicated within case studies.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. e.h. Dr. h.c. George Tsatsaronis, Institute for Energy Engineering, Technical University of Berlin

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After completion of his Diploma in mechanical engineering at NTU Athens, Greece, Prof. George Tsatsaronis received both MBA, a Ph.D. in combustion, and a Doctor Habilitatus Degree in Thermoeconomics, at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Counting above forty years of experience and related scholastic background Prof. Tsatsaronis is an expert in the fields of exergy-based methods, combustion technology as well as the development, design, simulation and analysis of energy-conversion processes and the optimization of design and operation of energy systems. His contribution to the fundamentals of exergoeconomics is signicant. Apart from publishing over 250 papers and co-editing 20 bound volumes, Prof. Tsatsaronis co-authored the book “Thermal Design and Optimization”, which is base to the modules “Energy Engineering I and II” and “Project Energy Systems”.

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