Practice Partner Events:
11/08/2019 - Ernsting's Family
07/05/2019 - SchachtOne
06/18/2019 - McKinsey & Company
04/15/2019 - Arvato-Bertelsmann
12/02/2019 - MAP-Christmas Party
06/28/2019 - MAP-Summer Party
05/09/2019 - Doctoral Study-Talk and MAP-Running Dinner
01/22/2019 - Workshop with Sebastian Kortmann
Once again, MAP is looking back on a year full of exciting events.
The year 2019 was kicked-off with a design-thinking workshop led by Sebastian Kortmann, professor at the University of Amsterdam. The students learned about creatice working techniques and went through the design-thinking process theirselves. The year continued with the first practice-partner event for that year. The MAP students visited Arvato – Bertelsmann where they solved a case about logistics optimization in the fashion industry. The next MAP-exclusive event offered the students the opportunity to gain deeper insights in a doctoral student‘s everyday life and could ask all questions regarding the promotion. The day was closed up with the MAP running dinner. In June, the MAP participants visited McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and gained insights in a consultant‘s way of working and afterwards worked on a case theirselves. The same month, MAP celebrated its summer party, where we had a barbecue and the greatest weather conditions. The last practice-partner event for the summer semester took place in the office of SchachtOne in Essen. Within the event, all companies of the Haniel AG introduced theirselves. Fresh out of summer break, the winter semester started with the Ernsting’s Famil- event in their headquarter in Coesfeld/Lette. The end of the MAP year 2019 was – as always – the annual MAP Christmas party.
Again, we want to thank all practice-partners for the good cooperation and are looking forward to an upcoming and exciting MAP year 2020!
The third MAP Christmas party took place on 02.12.2019.
A Christmas buffet, mulled wine and homemade biscuits marked the beginning of the Christmas season. After an official welcome by the MAP board, the new MAP participants were welcomed. After a little game of getting to know each other, new and old MAP participants were able to talk about past MAP events and experiences during their studies. An annual surprise was the visit of Santa Claus, who had a present for all MAPers together with his splendidly decorated Christmas tree. After the end of the Christmas party, the evening was ended in the old town.
MAP wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
MAP visiting Ernsting’s Family
On November 8, 2019 the MAP participants visited Ernsting’s Family in their office in Coesfeld/Lette for the second time.
After the arrival, we had a short breakfast with coffee and bagels before we started the day with an introduction to the family-owned enterprise. After that, we dived deeper into the topic of Sustainability in the textile industry with the help of a case. In small groups, the students identified risks in the areas raw materials, processing and cut-make-trim with the help of provided articles and videos. As second step, each group developed suitable countermeasures for Ernsting’s Family to face those risks. Finally, the results of all groups were presented to the others and closed up in a discussion.
After a lunch break in the company’s in-house cafeteria, the MAP participants joined a tour on the company’s property. The tour guide explained the building’s architecture as well as the high-bay warehouse. Back in the office, we continued with the Ernsting’s Family market place. At several booths, trainees told about their career path in the firm and explained the tasks and responsibilities of their departments. Hereby, the students were able to ask all questions in small groups and engaged in a personal exchange with the trainees. After a feedback round, the MAP participants started their way back to Münster.
We want to thank Ernsting’s Family for this well-organized day!
MAP visiting SchachtOne
On June 5, 2019 the MAP participants were invited to the headquarter of SchachtOne in Essen. The office is located on the area of Zeche Zollverein – UNESCO world cultural heritage in memory of the German coal mining industry.
SchachtOne is the digital unit of the mother company Franz Haniel & Cie. which is an investmentholding with family-equity and a long tradition. Further portfolio companies of the holding, which were also present on that day, are CWS-boco (fullservice for restroom hygiene, dirt trapping mats, work wear and textile solutions), TAKKT-AG (office equipment for companies of any branch and size) as well as the spin-off company Schmiede Zollverein (digital consulting for external companies).
Kicking-off the day, the several companies introduced themselves and gave interesting insights in their way of working. After a quick lunch, the MAP participants were guided through the area of Zeche Zollverein and provided with explanations about the history of the coal mining industry.
Back in the office, the five firms‘ representatives spread into different rooms. The students got the opportunity to talk to two companies of their choice for each 30 minutes. The focus of these conversations were possible career opportunities after the studies as well as internships and working student contracts. If there has aroused a deeper interest for specific jobs, there was time to network even more with the representatives in „1-on-1“ meetings afterwards. Hence, the entire event stood under the light of „extending your network“.
The day enabled the programs‘ participants to gain new insights into the present companies and build business contacts for the future.
Again, we want to thank SchachtOne and the rest of the companies very much for this successful day and their hospitality!
On June 28, 2019 MAP celebrated its summer party with perfect weather at the Münster river. The newly renovated area with sand next to the river was the perfect place for a nice evening.
We had a barbecue with sausages and each MAP participant contributed with some salad and sides to the buffet. To stay hydrated despite the high temperature of over 30 degrees, there were several cooled beverages for everyone.
This evening, new as well as old MAP participants who returned from their semester abroad or internships came together. Hence, the event was the perfect opportunity to exchange experiences from the last months.
After the dusk, the party was relocated to the old town to end the evening.
MAP visiting McKinsey & Company
On June 18, 2019 the MAP participants visited the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf. Their office in the 20th floor of the SkyOffice offered an amazing view over the city.
After a quick lunch and a first get-together the official part of the event began. Four McKinsey consultants introduced the company and its way of working which the students were able to test on their own on a case in the following. With the help of an introduction about problem structuring and processing as well as communication the students were welcomed to apply this on the case. Therefore, they created for example an issue sheet and a solution tree. After each group session the results were presented and discussed.
To end the event the consultants talked about their everyday life and answered all remaining questions of the participants.
Again, we want to thank McKinsey very much for this successful day!
Doctoral Study-Talk and MAP-Running Dinner
On May 9, 2019 our next MAP-exclusive event took place. First, all MAP students were invited to inform their selves about the doctoral program with snacks and coffee at the Business Management Group office. After a brief general introduction of the doctoral students’ research fields, the students split into small groups. All questions regarding the requirements, content and tasks of a promotion as well as about the daily life of a doctoral student could be asked in this relaxed atmosphere.
In the evening, we started the first MAP-running dinner. 12 cooking teams with two persons each prepared either starter, main course or dessert and welcomed two other teams for eating. The event was not only a good opportunity to get inspired by new meals but also to tighten friendships and exchange experiences. Especially, for our six latest entrants who joined the MAP program in April 2019, the running dinner was a great occasion to get to know the group. Finally, all cooking teams met in the city center to fade the evening.
MAP at Arvato – Bertelsmann
The first practice partner event in the new MAP year took place on April 15, 2019 at Arvato – member of the Bertelsmann Group.
After a short introduction of the company, the students were allocated to groups, in order to work on a case with the topic „Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Logistics“. After a quick lunchbreak and another workshop round, the single groups presented their outcome. Possible solutions were e.g. the reduction of returned sales or inventory.
Following a small victory ceremony, the students were able to get to know better the representatives of the company within a get-together.
To end the day, there was a nice sit-in at Café Sieben at the harbour.
Again, we want to thank Arvato very much for this event!
Start into the New Year - A Workshop with Sebastian Kortmann
On 22 January 2019, it was time for the first MAP event of the year: a workshop with Sebastian Kortmann, Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Director of the MBA Program at the Amsterdam Business School.
The workshop titled "How to build a company in today's dynamic environment: corporates vs. startups" gave participants interesting insights into the thinking of customer-centric innovation, business model development and prototyping. In an interactive part of the afternoon, the group split up into teams and the students were able to apply Design Thinking methods on their own. The day ended with a visit to Mocca d'or, a restaurant in downtown Münster. There, the students had time to talk, to both each other and Sebastian Kortman whom they got know better in the more relaxed.