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Summer 2014 Short-Term Abroad class in Denmark

The Organizational Science & Communications department is presenting a brand new Summer 2014 course which will be cross-listed across three courses, and will include a short-term study tour to Copenhagen, Denmark:
ORSC 3190, COMM 3190, ORSC 6297 Communication, Decision-Making, & Innovation: The Special Case of Denmark: http://passport.gwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=3219
**For GWSB students, this class can be used to fulfill:
>> the field-related elective for Marketing students or
>> an upper-level non-business elective or
>> an upper-level unrestricted elective
Course Professors: Dr. Nils Olsen & Dr. Clay Warren
Application Deadline: February 21, 2014 Information Session : Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Department  of Organizational Sciences & Communication, 600 21st Street, NW  – 3rd Floor Conference Room Classroom Component (Foggy Bottom Campus, Washington, DC) : June 13, 20: 6pm-9pm June 14, 15, 21, 22: 9am – 4:30pm Overseas Dates (Copenhagen, Denmark) : June 27 – July 7, 2014
We will examine how communication, decision-making, organizational  structure, and societal values shape a person’s predisposition towards  uniquely creative and highly innovative outcomes. Given the recent  international recognition that Denmark has received for unusually  innovative organizational structures, products, and services (e.g.,  Restaurant NOMA being named the #1 restaurant in the world for 2010,  2011, 2012; Bang & Olufsen acoustic equipment being featured in the  Museum of Modern Art; and Denmark’s global recognition as the #1 country for Happiness (Leicester University’s Annual Global Ratings of  Happiness and Quality of Life), it is a natural location for the study  tour portion of this course.
As noted in Gladwell’s Outliers, most countries do “ability grouping.”   “’The only country we don’t see this going on is Denmark.  They have a  national policy where they have no ability grouping until the age of  ten.’  Denmark waits to make selection decisions until maturity  differences by age have evened out. (p. 29).”  This course is designed  to facilitate a collective discussion of innovation in Denmark, and how  that model can be potentially replicated in other parts of the world.
Students will experience a dynamic approach to learning that includes  traditional face-to-face instruction and collaborative learning (GWU  Foggy Bottom Campus), along with a 10-day study tour in Copenhagen  Denmark – all in the service of exploring cutting edge work within, and  theoretical underpinnings of, innovation.  Possible site visits may  include: Roskilde Cathedral, Vartov, Bang & Olufsen, The Royal  Danish Ballet, Carlsberg Group, MAERSK, along with cultural experiences  found only in Copenhagen. We look forward to having you join us on this  unique Scandinavian experience!
Related Press:
CNN Presents “Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown – Copenhagen”: http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/season-2/copenhagen/index.html
60 Minutes: The Pursuit of Happiness: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-pursuit-of-happiness/
Reason-TV interviews Prof. Clay Warren on The School for Life and Danish education: http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/09/folk-high-schools-help-students-reinvent
Please join us for the first information session on: Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Department  of Organizational Sciences & Communication, 600 21st Street, NW  – 3rd Floor Conference Room
This is simply an open exchange of information, during which we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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