Cross Cultural Change Management: The Merger of East and West Germany

International Roundtable

April 19, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mergers and acquisitions in the business world often fail due to cultural differences. When the differences transcend national borders, the issues are even more complex. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the reunification of Germany - the largest merger in the world - began as the former German Democratic Republic became a part of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Event Details

The differences in culture included state-oriented vs. democracy, communist vs. socialist, social status, employment expectations, work ethic, and even language differences.

Ruth-Ann McKellin, an expert in business process management, organizational change, and performance management, will discuss cross-cultural merger integration, having served on a team for the Social Ministry of the state of Thüringen (former East) Germany, that privatized hospitals, clinics, orphanages, and health spas. This presentation will be of particular interest to those who seek to close the gap between strategy formulation and strategy implementation and outcomes.


No Charge


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300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Deadline: 4/19/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor

Speaker Profiles

Ruth-Ann McKellin (Speaker)
Managing Partner, Integra Partners


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 
847 310 0412

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