During the week of May 10th-May 14th, the WHU campus hosted over 53 students from Kellogg EMBA Partner schools for the traditional European Elective, where participants from around the world had the opportunity to learn about doing business in Europe - from a European perspective. Classes included “The Business Environment in Europe, with guest speakers including Franz-Josef Schuermann, (Head of the Management Board, Country Head Germany, Infosys Ltd), Dr. Stephan Simon (EU Regulation Committee, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition), and Thomas Kraus (former CEO, TNT) , and “Corporate Social Responsibility ”, which focused on difficult decisions faced by executives when choosing between profit and ethics, and “Luxury Brand Management”, with speakers including Mario Miranda (Regional Senior Vice-President, Asia, Miele Hong Kong), Claudio Ghinelli and Darius Müller (Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A), Andreas Dornbracht (CEO, Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG Armaturenfabrik) and Thomas Schnädter (Managing Director, MONTBLANC Germany).
However, as always, the week wasn’t only about classroom learning. For the majority of the Program participants, this module was a final reunion of friends before moving on to become alumni of a challenging Executive MBA Program. Through international sessions in Evanston/Chicago, Hong Kong, Toronto, Tel Aviv and/or Miami, most of the managers had previously met and worked with one another during modules hosted at other Kellogg EMBA partner schools, expanding their global network of professional and personal contacts along the way. By taking part in out-of-the-classroom activities, students had the chance to strengthen these bonds in a more relaxed atmosphere. This week’s activities included a guided tour and medieval dinner at Marksburg Castle and the ever popular celebratory river cruise on the River Rhine. “This has been an amazing week – and I am impressed with the classes, hospitality and atmosphere this trip has offered. I’m definitely going to recommend this module to the following classes…my own classmates are going to be jealous! ” summarized one Kellogg-Recanati student while enjoying the final evening of the module and enjoying the view of castles on a warm spring evening and reminiscing with fellow students about what had passed and dreaming of what was to come.