Russian “Leaders of Productivity” attend practice programme in Lower Saxony

From December 2019 to February 2020, DMAN carried out several seminars or, as they say in Russia, "Stazhirovki" on the topic of "Increasing Work Efficiency" for managers from Russian companies. All the participants who came to us were the best graduates of the Russian government's extensive programme "Leaders of Productivity" which aims to support Russian companies in increasing their productivity.

The basis for implementing these Stazhirovki in Germany is the declaration of intent for a "German-Russian efficiency partnership", which was signed on the occasion of the Petersburg World Economic Forum between Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier and his then Russian counterpart Maxim Oreshkin. The efficiency partnership strives to use German technologies to increase the productivity of Russian companies, which is currently only about half as high as in Germany.

In Lower Saxony, the very compact 3-day programme included seminar and workshop modules as well as company visits. Here are the statistics:

•             5 seminars
•             180 participants in total
•             27 visits at companies in Lower Saxony
•             around 100 hours of seminar work
•             3 locations: Celle, Hanover, Osnabrück
•             countless impressions, discussions and photos


Roy Datschewsky, Managing Director of the Hamburg-based management consultancy relations GmbH and a trainer in this seminar: "I was impressed by how focused and creative our participants were in the process. Because of this, the seminar work was very productive." Many approaches for improvements in the participants’ companies were found, which they plan to implement right after their return.

Among others, these firms hosted the company visits: Phoenix Contact, Komatsu, Arconic Fastening Systems, BASF Catalysts, Barilla, Braunschweiger Flammenfilter, Claas, Remmers, Kämmerer, Lloyd Shoes, Wilkhahn Office Furniture. During the visits, the seminar participants frequently discussed ways to involve employees in internal process improvements and the development of innovations.

The responsible organizer on the Russian side is the Russian Foreign Trade Academy (VAVT) in Moscow.  Elena Zaytseva, one of the mentors at VAVT, summarizes the seminar success: "I am certain that soon the companies of our participants will also meet the highest standards."