From 12 October to 4 December 2020, DMAN conducted a virtual manager training programme for entrepreneurs from China on the topic of economic cooperation. 17 managers, mainly from the mechanical and plant engineering sector, but also from the clinical sector, the food industry and the IT sector, made themselves "Fit for Partnership with Germany".
Because of the ongoing Corona pandemic, the participants took advantage of this online opportunity to establish, maintain or expand business contacts with German companies. Guangshu Jin (Sue Jin), general manager of an IT company from Shenyang, saw the training programme "not only as a very good opportunity to get in touch with new German companies. It is also a good opportunity to reactivate old business relations to Germany and lead them to a higher quality."
With interactive trainings, virtual company visits and individual B2B meetings, the programme offered extensive opportunities to study and exchange information about current management methods and development trends. Peng Du (Willy Du), Managing Director of a chemical manufacturer from Guangzhou, concluded: "Under the current Corona conditions, running our programme virtually was a suitable substitute, especially since we all learned during this pandemic which networking and communication opportunities digital technologies offer. On the other hand, I am very much looking forward to visiting Germany and DMAN in person and to communicating face-to-face with the trainers and tutors. I also believe that as a group we will benefit enormously from being there in person and getting to know each other."
DMAN tutor and expert Dr Detlev Rossa stated: "This programme started under unusual conditions, but I was very impressed by the performance of all participants. In their kick-off presentations they showed a high level of preparation and clear ideas of what they want to achieve with the support of DMAN."
The German companies which the participants visited online, showed great interest in the Chinese entrepreneurs who could discuss practical management issues with the executives. For some of them, this was the first opportunity to gain insights into German corporate culture.
Jörn Brakhage, Product Sales Manager Asia at GILDEMEISTER Drehmaschinen GmbH in Bielefeld, said: "As a 'Global One Company' with locations in 79 countries, international exchange is a matter of course for us – gladly in person, but in times of the Corona pandemic primarily in a digital format. We were very pleased with the great interest of the Chinese delegation in the virtual presentation of our innovative products and holistic solutions."
In brief: This virtual manager training programme was once again a real "win-win situation" for everyone involved.