Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache




supervised M.A. Thesis


Agnieszka Klosowska

  • Cross-cultural communication in a company. Research study about cross-cultural co-operation between the German and the Polish staff members.

My final project will be composed of tho parts: the theoretical part and the practical part. In the first part(theoretical) part will be described the theoretical term about the cross-cultural communication in a company.

In the second part I´ll try to do a research work and reaserch the communication between the German and Polish staff via questionnaire.

Irena Paulus

  • Individual leadership? An empirical study of the intercultural communication in companies.

In a big truck manufacturer company, this research deals with an intercultural communication between supervisors and their foreign employees. It is necessary to find out, how effective this takes place, and whether there are possible improvement potentials. It shall be found out with questionnaires whether these Supervisors in dealing with foreign employees through stereotypical standardized ideas or prejudices are being influenced. The employees  will be asked in interviews or questionnaires whether they are satisfied referring to the interrelated contact and communication with his supervisors. As a result the research will give some recommendations for the optimization of the communication in this concrete division.

Anna Monika Sterzl

  • Image of Germany of Polish students today

Talking about images one people is having about another, at the same time means dealing with stereotypes, prejudices and external perceptions. In the literature commonly the terms prejudice and stereotype are used synonymously. Although prejudices and stereotypes share many characteristics, both concepts will be described and discussed separately. Prior to dealing with the Polish image of Germany in its various characteristics it is mandatory to briefly introduce the history of German-Polish relations. The origins of the German-Polish history reach back as far as more than one thousand years. The foundation of the "State of the Teutonic Order" constituted a major negative caesura for the German-Polish relationship. Albeit never really being easy from the beginning, the latter hit rock bottom when Poland was divided into three parts in the 18th century and, even worse, during World War II. The Polish image of Germany has been influenced by a variety of factors and built over a long period of time. Within the scope of this work, by introduction and discussion of the different factors, an instructive overview over the evolutionary history of these images will be provided. The attitude of the Polish people towards the Germans is deeply influenced by the internal as well as the external political situation in their home country. This is clearly proved by public opinion polls carried out on a regular basis. Aim of this empirical study is is to evaluate how young Polish students judge Germany and Germans today and where they get their informations about Germany from. Further will be investigated, in how far their image of Germany is being influenced by history, media and literature. It is assumed that polish students are not being influenced by historical tensions, political manipulations or the media, rather they have individually built up a positive perception of Germany.

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