GE, AMI and Farewell Dinner

This last post is about our final two days of the program. Yesterday we visited GE aviation where they manufacture and assemble agricultural plane engines. They bought out a failing company in 2008 in order to enter the turboprop market. It was interesting to hear how they integrated the company, and the difficulties they had teaching a new way of management, because they were still used to the communistic way of management. It is essentially a new company with the deep pockets of a large company, which gives them a big advantage in entering a new market.

Today we visited AMI Communications, which is a PR company for the government and the corporate world of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. PR has to be done a little differently here, because of their history with the Iron Curtain, the people are very skeptical of what they are told by the government. It was interesting to hear a different perspective, and learning about their innovative techniques in order to be so successful in this line of work.

The rest of the afternoon we wandered around and explored the city. This is our last day and the weather was great, so we grabbed a map and just started walking. Tonight we had our farewell dinner near our hotel at a very elegant restaurant, certainly a nice change of pace from the kebab shops. It was a nice dinner for all of us to be together and reflect on all that we have done and learned thus far.

On behalf of our group, I want to thank all of the faculty, staff and donors that made this unbelievable experience possible. This is a trip we will never forget, and has been a great learning and networking experience.


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