"My studies came as a natural extension of my, what some would call confused, upbringing"

Kiel, 5. März 2010

“My studies came as a natural extension of my, what some would call confused, upbringing”, gesteht Prof. Dr. Rune Ellemose Gulev. Seit dem 1. März 2010 unterstützt er den Fachbereich Wirtschaft auf dem Gebiet Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Internationales Management. Warum der gebürtige Däne und überzeugte Europäer gerne nach Kiel gekommen ist, erzählte er Katja Jantz.

KJ (Katja Jantz): What do you associate with Kiel?

REG (Rune Ellemose Gulev): Kiel seems to me a professional well functioning city - academically progressive, open, friendly, with a "small but quick" mentality and, of course, stormy weather.

KJ: Are those some of the arguments for your decision to work at the FH Kiel?

REG: Well, with the exception of the stormy weather, yes. And I was interested in making a shift from a mainly research-oriented institution to one that is more practically oriented as I enjoy teaching more than researching. Furthermore, FH Kiel wants to internationalize which is something I believe I can contribute considerably to and that I greatly enjoy working with and have had success with in the past at my previous university. Taken together, this made FH Kiel very appealing to me. Geographically speaking, the FH Kiel was also good; I was interested in moving to a place closer to my family and friends who are located in Northern Germany and Denmark.

KJ: Why did you decide to study International Business?

Rune Ellemose Gulev
Gebürtiger Däne und überzeugter Europäer: Prof. Dr. Rune Ellemose Gulev

REG: My studies came as a natural extension of my, what some would call confused, upbringing. I am from Denmark but have lived, worked and studied mostly abroad making me more European than Danish. As a result, focusing on international business and cross cultural communication as my pivotal academic theme was a natural evolutionary step in my life style. Furthermore, I am a firm believer in a unified Europe and a strong supporter of professional and academic initiatives that transcend national borders and celebrate cultural diversity. Pursuing a degree that facilitated this was thus very important to me.

KJ: What was the focus on your previous jobs?

REG: Thus far my previous endeavors have aimed at linking national variances in culture together thereby bridging communication gaps and improving the conditions under which European businesses operate. Within this vein, I spent several years researching novel angles of attack on how this social science field can be approached in a more fruitful manner which ultimately resulted in the production of several noteworthy articles and two books.

KJ: How would you explain your field of activity to a non-professional?

REG: The thing that makes my field tricky is that no one is foreign to it. Everyone has some idea about cultural implication on business. This is both an advantage and disadvantage. Advantageous because interest in the field is stirred up immediately; disadvantages because the preconceptions people harbor about other countries and cultures can cause biases and contaminate the learning environment in which the field should be analyzed. Nevertheless, explaining my field in brief, I would say it pivots around how you, as an individual, can come to terms with your specific cultural background and learn how to slide along your cultural spectrum so to be more adaptable and effective in foreign cultures. This can range from how you structure your work teams to the specific motivational techniques that work best in certain situations.

KJ: Based on this, what do you want to convey to your students?

REG: That students are able to tackle complicated fields within social sciences in a structured and logical way which yields results that are novel and interesting; not a reproduction of earlier findings. Once students achieve utility with their own results, they enjoy the work much more which is probably the main thing I try to instigate and pass on to them.

KJ: What do you expect of your first semester?

REG: My learning curve will be steep during my first semester and it will be a very busy time for me. So I expect to be fairly stressed trying to cope with my new obligations, both academic and administrative. Hopefully I can continue to rely on the very friendly and professional help that I have received thus far from my new colleagues.


seit März 2010: Professor für „ABWL und Internationales Management" an der FH Kiel

2008 – 2010: Dozent an der Universität Primorska (Koper, Slowenien)

2004 – 2008: Unternehmensberater bei Gulev.Dukaric Consulting (Stuttgart und Koper, Slowenien)

2003 – 2004: Betriebsleiter bei Centrica (London, England)

2004 – 2006: Forschung und Doktorarbeit im Bereich Interkulturelles Management an der Universität Primorska, (Koper, Slowenien); Thema der Dissertation: The impact of economic culture on headqarters – subsidiary relationships in MNCS of selected European countries

2000 – 2001: Finanzberater bei Basisbank (Copenhagen, Denmark)

1997 – 2002: International Business-Studium an der Copenhagen Business School (Dänemark), der Päpstlichen Universität Comillas (Spanien) und der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Österreich)

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