Exciting Insights into Internationally Operating Companies

International Business Management students in the soundproof room, a part of the R&D center for product optimization at MAHLE Letrika
International Business Management students with the representatives from MAHLE Letrika (men in blue), and the professors Ms. Katarina Gutownig Fürst (first from the left hand side) and Mr. Dietmar Sternad (sitting in the car)
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International Business Management

Excursions to Italy and Slovenia have become a fixed component of the International Business Management master’s program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. This year’s excursion led the group of students to the company MAHLE Letrika in Slovenia and the Port of Trieste in Italy.

In previous years several companies in those two neighboring countries have already been visited. This year, 27 highly committed International Business Management students from 15 countries from all over the world were given the possibility to get interesting insights into the operative business, the daily tasks and challenges and last but not least the success stories of selected international companies.

On May 11th, 2016, the students were hosted at MAHLE Letrika, a company recently acquired by the Stuttgart-based MAHLE group  that operates in the field of production and development of electric motors, generators as well as electrical and mechatronic drive systems. The company headquarter is located in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia. After a corporate and product presentations by HR manager Mr. Miloš Požar and Mr. Christoph Dutschke, responsible for technical training at MAHLE Aftermarket GmbH, the production and R&D center was visited. Mr. Požar and his colleague from Stuttgart were eager to discuss interesting questions related to different areas such as strategy, human resources, logistics / supply chain management or sales and marketing together with the students.

In the afternoon, the students and the organizers of the excursion, Dietmar Sternad, Katarina Gutownig Fürst and Stefanie Schmid continued their journey to the Italian coastal city of Trieste. After a stroll through the city center the group was hosted at the Trieste Marine Terminal, the Francesco Parisi Group and the company Samer Shipping. All of these companies are located right in the port of Trieste. During a guided tour with Mr. Marco Zollia, the Marketing & Sales Manager of the Trieste Marine Terminal, the students were able to see right on site the variety of logistical processes that determine the everyday operations of a container port. The Francesco Parisi Group is a group of freight forwarding and logistics companies, which has experienced a tremendous development in the port of Trieste within the last 7 years. Mr. Ruggiero Daloiso, the sales manager in the field of Intermodal Services explained the daily operations and challenges that the transport company faces.

The students were impressed by the comprehensive insights into those four companies. Numerous questions to the company representatives and discussions amongst the students that continued even after the visits proofed that the excursion left a lasting impression on the students.