Internationale Gastdozenten an der FOM: Prof. Dr. Matthew J. Drake im Interview
Eine Woche lang war Prof. Dr. Matthew J. Drake von der Dusquesne University in Pittsburgh zu Gast an der FOM. In den Hochschulzentren Essen, Neuss und Köln hat er in den Modulen Management Decision Making, Strategic Management und Intercultural Competences gelehrt. Im Interview berichtet er von seinen Erfahrungen.
Was it your first time as lecturer in Germany?
Matthew J. Drake: This was my sixth visit to Germany overall, but it was my first one as a lecturer. Other visits have been with students from my home university.
Which topics did you discuss with the FOM students?
Matthew J. Drake: I taught seven sessions in three different courses (Managerial Decision Making, Strategic Management, and Intercultural Competencies). My background is in supply chain management, so I tailored my discussions to aspects of each course that related to the supply chain. For example, in the Strategic Management course I focused on the strategic value of supply chain management and discussed a case related to supply chain risk management. I based my lecture in the Intercultural Competencies course on aspects of global sourcing and procurement strategies.
Have you noticed any differences between usual full-time students and the employed FOM students?
Matthew J. Drake: I would say that the employed FOM students were very active in class as a whole. They asked very good questions and made some excellent connections between the strategies that we were discussing in class and their experience in their companies.
Which reactions did the FOM students show to the truly international insights they gained during your lectures?
Matthew J. Drake: The FOM students seemed to be very interested in learning about the US-based attitude and mind-set related to the strategies that we were discussing. They were eager to share the similarities and differences that they could identify between the US and German approaches.
Which thoughts and findings will you take back to Pittsburgh?
Matthew J. Drake: This was my first experience teaching students outside of my home university for any extended period of time. One major takeaway is that the same teaching style that I use in the US seems to work well in Germany (at least for one class session per course). Another thing that really struck me was how mature the undergraduate students are at the FOM. Teaching them was often similar to teaching graduate students at my home university. This is probably due to the fact that the FOM undergraduate students are older when they start their studies.
Are there any further bonds between your universities and the FOM?
Matthew J. Drake: We take our Sustainability MBA students to Germany each March, and over the past few years we have had one day of lectures and discussions at the FOM each year. Several professors at Duquesne University (myself included) have professional relationships and friendships with professors at the FOM.
Will you come to visit the FOM again?
Matthew J. Drake: I would definitely love to visit the FOM again in the future. I had a great experience this year, and I hope that Im asked to come back.