SIEM / Spaces of International Economy and Management

Events & Conferences


Contact information

Professor Dr. Rolf D. Schlunze

Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Economic Geography / Ritsumeikan University, College of Business Administration

Research Objectives

First tier global cities become more significant as translators and mediators of information in the world city network, second tier cities become less strategically important. Within the global city network new spaces of global business become visible. In global cities new international platforms of technology and business exchange are created. Economic geographers see the world city as a centre of translation and calculation in a world-wide network of heterogeneous flows. From the perspective of management geography, the world city itself is perceived as a heterogeneous assemblage of practices, materials and actors drawn from within and without the city limits. Services and production are vitally circulating between first and second tier global cities. In second tier centers of the global city network international managers embed their practices more at the local level then in first tier cities, while they are forced to follow global trends. Thrift (2000) sees first tier actors as 'fast managerial subjects' who are under increasing pressure of the accelerating globalization process. We observed that global management practices correlate with locational preferences of a 'mobile elite' of an executive class. Therefore, we became more interested to shift our focus on the behavioral aspects of location decision making by investigating the interconnectedness of these issues. The resulting challenges for urban economic space and its inhabitants are the research objective of our research group.

Educational Objectives

The aim of SIEM Manager Training is to develop the awareness and intercultural competence of participants through continuous discussions and meetings at academic and educational events. Heightening the awareness of cognitive processes in intercultural management including similarities, mutual interests, and experiences among people, are the core aims of our common discussion. Building trustful relationships and networks among Japanese business people and other nationals should be an outcome of our efforts thus enabling business people to perform successfully in the other culture. Knowledge about practical strategies will be part of the training to be occasionally offered by SIEM. Participants should learn to coach themselves how to overcome problems during a start-up project and have reliable, trustful support during continuous development of business processes. By doing so, we hope to enable participants to become boundary spanners between Eastern and Western cultures. In order to bridge cultures we are eager to discover avenues that lead to intercultural synergy in intercultural workplaces.