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WHU students: Global Societal Challenges and Solutions

The MSc seminar 'Global Societal Challenges and Solutions' at the WHU is held in close collaboration with the GES. In this seminar, students analyze current challenges of the global society and develop concrete measures of how to address these issues.The seminar aims at sensitizing students for global problems in order to challenge them to make their own contributions to global problem solving. At the same time, the seminar allows us to integrate more members of the younger generation into global problem solving activities.

 

In the academic year 2013/14 students developed their own ideas to address the following global societal challenges:

  1. Mentor mentee program for multigenerational collaboration in firms
  2. Initiative to fight youth unemployment
  3. From micro entrepreneurship to small- and medium-sized enterprises
  4. Initiative for sustainable consumption


Each team provided an in-depth analysis of the underlying macro-economic factors related to the societal challenges, and further, developed their specific idea of how to address the challenge. In addition, students developed their concrete action plan describing how their idea can be implemented. To convey their ideas to the Global Economic Symposium, and to a broader audience in general, the students also produced their own video clips describing their specific idea.

 

Mentor mentee program for multigenerational collaboration in firms

The student team Maximilian Jensen, Quynh Nhu Truong, and Bianca Wienen investigated the effects of aging on multigenerational collaboration in firms. Please find their in-depth analysis and their detailed recommendation plan here.

Their specific solution targeted at a Mentor Mentee Matching M³ Internet platform.

GES Challenge 2013: Empowering Workforce: 4–Generations Demography Management

 

Initiative to fight youth unemployment

The student team Frigga Griggat, Christian Knopf, Nadja Marx, and Tilman Rausch investigated youth unemployment in Europe and presented a specific solution of how to foster foreign apprentice socialization in Germany. Please find their in-depth analysis and their detailed recommendation plan here.

The students suggested an internet platform allowing foreign apprentices to find a local buddy in Germany, helping them to find a job, and further, to settle in the German work environment.

GES Challenge 2012: Tackling Youth Unemployment

 

From micro entrepreneurship to small- and medium-sized enterprises

The student team Daniel Frenkel, Eva Neugebauer, Igor Schmidt, and Justus Vogel elaborated on the relevance of micro entrepreneurship for fighting poverty in emerging countries. Please find their in-depth analysis and their detailed recommendation plan here.

As their specific solution, the student team introduced an internet platform allowing micro entrepreneurs to find relevant knowledge in order to grow from a micro enterprise to a small- or medium-sized firm, and thus, to leverage their positive societal effects.

GES Challenge 2013:
Making Microentrepreneurship Inclusive


WHU Seminar - From micro entrepreneurship to small- and medium-sized enterprises

 

Initiative for sustainable consumption

The student team Stefany Agredo, Henrik Flock, and Christina Frei discussed the relevance of plastic waste for environmental pollution. Please find their in-depth analysis and their detailed recommendation plan here.

Their specific idea targeted at motivating customers to dispense plastic bags offered by supermarkets, and to (re-)use their own bags instead.

GES Challenge 2013:
Towards Sustainable Consumption