How to keep supply chains running smoothly in a ‘bumpy’ global environment? How to integrate social and ecological aspects across supply chains while creating economic value? If you live in Northern Europe and have eaten an avocado recently, you have benefited from a supply chain! Supply chains play a crucial role in connecting markets and economies on a global scale. But there’s great vulnerability at work too: think about the impact of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and strikes on the movement of goods and people. Moreover, increasing climate change concerns force companies to re-think the structure and design of their supply chains and move towards sustainable sourcing, closed loop supply chains and zero-emissions transportation. In this 1-week course you will quickly understand the mechanisms used to safeguard 'smooth' flows in global supply chains with special considerations for social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. After following the Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SCM) course students should: Have acquired an overview of leading SCM concepts and models in the context of a globalizing economy with strong concerns for sustainable development; Be able to evaluate the sustainability implications of various supply chain concepts and analyze the value of innovative tools for sustainable SCM, such as zero-emissions transportation and reverse logistics; Be able to assess the value and impact of sustainable SCM on a company’s competiveness; Be able to apply relevant sustainable SCM knowledge in business cases and/or assignments; Have observed and experienced SCM processes at work via practical games and company visits.
New technologies can be either blessings or devils in device. In the traditional view on the social sciences and humanities in relation to technology, these disciplines are believed to have a limited, secondary role with a large emphasis on issues like facilitating the acceptance and user-friendliness of technology or merely legal issues like privacy protection. Seen from a more contemporary viewpoint, the social sciences and humanities take a more fundamental and primary position, seeing technology development as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself. The key issue is about values: how can we align autonomous and self-learning technology with values, our human values. We explore the key steps and requirements to build trusted and trustworthy applications of autonomous and intelligent technology that align with human values. In the course, we combine high-level academic knowledge on AI and values with hands-on development of building blocks for trustworthy AI. Students will be able to apply the knowledge they have gained in the lectures immediately in the design-sessions in the afternoon. Combined with visits to companies and institutions the course will address the issue of Values and AI from a multi-disciplinary perspective. During this week course you will get: An intensive one week program of interdisciplinary and interactive lectures Interdisciplinary lecturers who teach from both an academic and practical perspective (e.g. research and field expertise); Joint watching and discussing of relevant documentaries/movies. Company and/or Robot lab visit. Design thinking sessions to develop building blocks for trustworthy AI
What can cross-cultural psychology tell you about your own cultural assumptions? Are you able to understand the unique challenges and benefits of living in a multicultural society? Are your professional or academic goals aimed at working successfully in international businesses, or in multicultural teams? In this unique 2-week program you and a group of internationally-oriented students will examine cultural diversity from a psychological perspective, which includes theoretical insights as well as hands-on experiences (games and presentations). The course culminates with your conducting an interview with someone of another culture, and writing a scientific report based on your findings. During this immersive two-week course you will: Acquire an overview of the current leading perspectives on cross-cultural similarities and differences, acculturation, and intercultural communication; Assess and apply strategies useful for intercultural interaction in business and negotiations, and for effective intercultural communication; Conduct a small-scale qualitative, culturally informed, psychological study on a topic of your choice; Understand how methodological pitfalls and cognitive biases are relevant for cross-cultural interactions and intercultural communication in the multicultural workplace and other settings.
Have you played video games like The Talos Principle, Bioshock, Zombi, or the Prince of Persia? Do you know the difference between ludology (the critical study of gaming) and narratology (the critical study of narrative structure) and how they affect our perception? This fun, innovative course makes a connection between Bible and biblical traditions and contemporary video games. If you’ve ever ‘died’ in a game – and then been resurrected to play another day – this 1-week summer course will show you how the Jewish-Christian tradition is relevant to understanding today's world of gaming. Upon completion of this course, you will: have a better understanding of how religion functions within video game; have a broader understanding of how religious traditions are influencing the cultural domain of our time; be able to academically study both religion and video games through the use of multiple hermeneutical instruments. This course is for students with a passion for gaming and a curious mind. Moderate English proficiency required.