The German Branch held its Annual Symposium in Hamburg at a magnificent location, the luxurious 5 star Hotel Süllberg, with a unique view overlooking the River Elbe. The agenda comprised three interesting topics with enough food for good discussions. The first topic, presented by Dr. Petra Nix, owner and managing partner of PETRANIX, dealt with corporate governance and in particular with the role of shareholders representatives in public listed companies. It became obvious that enhancement of corporate governance must enter an new round, one in which shareholders of public listed companies should fully assume their responsibilities.
The next topic was up to the minute as Jörg Klaus Baumgart, MBA, kbl Rechtsanwälte Potsdam, described in a lively presentation the history and the development of the European Union in view of Great Britain demands for necessary changes and reforms, taking into account the outcome of UK's General Election two days ago which had given David Cameron a clear majority and mandate to negotiate with his European partners accordingly. The final topic was given by Andreas Pfeiffer, University of Koblenz-Landau. He discussed the question of whether customers have really the highest priority in a service economy and he also explained his work on developing adaptive tests for efficient measurement of service quality.
Additionally, we had our annual meeting of our members, where current and future activities were discussed and where the further study opportunities offered by the merged Universities leading to an DBA as mentioned above were welcomed.
To finish this day in hanseatic flair, we had an exquisite dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant of this hotel. And as always, both events were well organized by Mrs Dorit Streitferdt of Allfinanz Hamburg.