Roger and Karl surprised – Act 3

From the Strategic Perspective

The Germans would arrive in the U.S. on Friday afternoon, so that colleagues would have all of Saturday to socialize.

Immediately after lunch on Sunday, Roger and Karl would kick off the workshop by presenting their views on integration. Separately.

They agreed beforehand that their presentations should be of substance, from the strategic perspective, and set the tone for the process of creating the roadmap. They would be laying out their respective visions for the combined design engineering organization.

Both Karl and Roger would address the same five topic areas they asked their direct reports to address in their presentations: product lines, processes & tools, organizational structure, collaboration with internal and external customers, and finances.

Do Americans and Germans think alike, or at least in a similar way, when it comes to those five topic areas? If not, what are the most critical differences in thinking?