Russian kaleidoscop

This fall, DMAN organized a series of seminars for executives from Russia. Not only the number of programs, but also their variety of topics and formats were quite challenging for us as organizers. We are happy to admit that we also learned a lot (and occasionally had to concentrate very much so as not to mix up the programs). The most important topics were digitization, process development and citizen participation. Here is a selection of the programs we organized:

In September, we started with the traditional fall seminar for MBA students of the Institute of Business Studies of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Affairs on "Strategic Management” for a large group of 40 people.  As always, this seminar was a stimulating event, with lively discussions, informative company visits and creative solutions which the participants found for the case studies.

A number of very subject-specific programs followed.

The PAO Transneft seminar focused on the automation and digitization of work processes and the required equipment. Experts from different companies, including for example Phoenix Contact, shared their expert knowledge with the group, and with the Technical University of Clausthal, science was also involved.

The managers from the Magnitogorsk steelworks probably had the longest journey to Celle. MMK was interested in an exchange of experience on questions regarding quality development and company organization in the steel industry. Correspondingly, the information visits to German and Austrian companies, which we were able to organize for this group, covered a wide range of topics. Steel mills were visited, of course, but also renowned universities, the industrial union of metalworkers, and plant manufacturers for the steel industry.

At the same time – a contrast in every respect – three baking technology specialists of Kolomenskoje, the Moscow manufacturer of bakery products, studied bread baking and work organization in bakeries. The participants were particularly interested in the technology of working with sourdough that is commonly used in Germany, and they were happy to have intensive talks with local bakers, for example with master baker Jochen Gaues whose bread had been served at the G20 summit in Hamburg last summer.

Also from Moscow, but with a completely different background: a group of 20 deans and professors from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, which we rather managed from a distance, because they visited Munich and Innsbruck to establish contacts with universities and research institutions and to study the latest developments in digitization at several high-tech companies.

Finally, two groups of executives from Moscow districts came to DMAN. In Celle, Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg, the participants discovered different forms of work with the population, from the seniors' advisory council and the volunteer agency to the citizen's budget. Our seminar guests were pleased with the cooperative atmosphere that characterized the discussions with their German counterparts in the various administrations. They concluded that they could take a lot of suggestions back to Moscow for their own work.

Now we are a little exhausted, but above all we are grateful for the trust that our different customers and partners have placed in us. And we are curious to see what new challenges the year 2018 holds for us. The first projects are quite promising!

Your DMAN contact

Andrea Lütthans
Programme Manager

Phone +49.5141.973-218
E-mail aluetthans(at)