I first met Professor Dr. Hong Wu last spring while being on an Erasmus faculty exchange trip to Østfold University College in Fredikstad and Halden, Norway (Høgskolen i Østfold). The Østfold University College is located southeast of Oslo, close to the Swedish border. Several students from Karlshochschule International University currently spend their stay abroad in Halden and Fredrikstad.
Now in November 2011 Dr. Wu – a Norwegian Industrial Engineer born in Beijing/China – visited us at Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe/Germany. I actually spent 3 days of exciting co-teaching with him.
Hong Wu who teaches Innovation Management and does research on Industrial Leadership joined our Masters Program Leadership for a colloquium with 2nd year graduate students. Besides discussing the current state of our student’s on-the-job research papers (at Østfold University College they follow similar teaching philosophies like Karlshochschule International University), Hong spoke about his research on Norwegian Industrial Democracy as well as the Nordic Leadership Style which is highly participative and based on the low power distance in Norway’s culture.
Thanks to our student Anne who is working at the Human Resources Department of Michelin (well known for “bibendum“, in German “Michelin Männchen”), we all were invited to visit Michelin’s Tire Museum in Karlsruhe.
(Picture: Dr. Wu tests the quality of tires on Michelins historical merry-go-round)
Here is a brief video interview I conducted with Hong Wu:
Read more about my trip to Norway (several posts).