Friday, January 17, 2020

Demonstrating Sufficient Celebration Skills

We wrapped up the "Publishing Scholar Research" seminar today at WHU.  We had a good week of discussing issues related to publishing academic research.  The final topic of the seminar was on "Celebrating Success."  In the academic profession, scholars seldom experience success in their publication endeavors, and when they do have something to celebrate they do a poor job at celebrating.  To ensure this group knows how to celebrate, the seminar ended with me purchasing each of them a drink (primarily tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and subsequently allowing them to show me they have sufficient celebration skills.
Sina, Kevin, Beatrice, Vera, Lioba, Sebastian, Alex, and Dwayne practicing celebration skills.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Relaxing on an "Off" Day in Koblenz

We scheduled an "off" day today (Wednesday) between the Publishing Scholarly Research sessions.  I am sure the students appreciate a chance to get caught up on the readings, and I get the chance to give my voice a rest.

How did I spend the day?  I slept in, worked on my slides for the rest of the seminar sessions, and went for a walk along the Rhine River.  I walked down to the "German Corner" (Deutsches Eck, where the Mosel River meets the Rhine River); the weather was great (about 55 degrees).
Festung Ehrenbreitstein, the fortress overlooking the German Corner (from the other side of the Rhine River).
Candy and I visited Festung Ehrenbreitstein when we were in Koblenz in 2015.  Quite impressive!

For dinner, I met Clemens Koehler for dinner at Adaccio.   Clemens was a Ph.D. student in Maastricht (in 2006) when I was there on a Fulbright scholarship.  He was an intergral part of the infamous "Service Desk" in the Department of Marketing.

Clemens showing off his selfie skills.
Adaccio is a nice Italian restaurant/steakhouse.
Adaccio in Koblenz

Monday, January 13, 2020

Making another Return to WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

I returned to WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, in Vallendar, Germany, for the fifth time overall and my fourth time conducting the "Publishing Scholarly Research" seminar.  We had a good start to discussing issues surrounding publishing academic research and what makes for interesting research.
A great looking group of PhD students eager to publish their research!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Dining in Gernrode with Anja and Detlef (Gernrode, Germany)

After a flurry of  text messages earlier in the week, I was (finally) able to arrange a dinner on Saturday night.  We drove to Erfurt to see our German daughter (Anja) and meet her boyfriend Fynn.  We then told them they would have to "work" for their dinner, but we did not tell them what that meant nor where we were going.  After some very strange GPS suggestions by our rental car, we drove to Gernrode to have dinner with my (distant) cousin Detlef Gremler and his wife Mechthilde.  We dined in a (the?) restaurant in Gernrode that Detlef''s mother used to own and run.
Anja and Fynn served as our interpreters over dinner in Gernrode.
Dwayne Gremler and Detlef Gremler!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Conducting the "Publishing Scholarly Research" Seminar Again at WHU (Vallendar, Germany)

This week I returned to WHU School of Management in Vallendar, Germany (near Koblenz) to conduct my "Publishing Scholarly Research" seminar for the third time.  The students were eager to learn and asked many good questions.  And, as is my custom, I treated them to a drink (for most, a milkshake!) at the end of the course to make sure they had sufficient celebration skills (needed for when they succeed in publishing their research). 
The next generation of great business scholars!
But, before we got to the point were they practiced their celebration skills, we spent several days deep-diving into understanding the research and publication process.
An attentive audience!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Visiting My German "Brother" Uwe (Piene, Germany)

After leaving Karlstad, we spent the night in Malmo, Sweden, and drove the next day through heavy German traffic (again) to visit my German brother, Uwe Gremmler (two "m" name), and his wife Beate.  Samantha and I visited them in June of 2016, and so this trip was Candy's opportunity to meet them.  We were treated to a wonderful dinner at Uwe's golf club and we discussed plans for the next "Gremler Family Meeting" (this time, a reunion!) for 2021.
Uwe inherited the hair in the family!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Catching Up with an Old Friend in Karlstad (Sweden)

Candy and I drove from Liege, Belgium, to Karlstad, Sweden, so that I could attend the QUIS 16 Symposium.  (I first attended the QUIS Symposium in 1996 in was my first international conference as an academic!)  Our drive was quite challenging, and involved two (expensive) ferries to get to Sweden (from Germany to Denmark and then to Sweden).  The highlight of the trip was the opportunity to see a friend I had not seen in probably 10 years...Patrik Larsson.  We hosted Patrik, Maria, and their two children for Christmas when he was a PhD student visiting Arizona State back in 1993.  And we attended his PhD celebration party in Karlstad in 1996.  Patrik is now one of two deans at the University of Karlstad.  We had a great time catching up with each other during the conference dinner...and, remembering a phrase I taught his son Jakob while they were in Phoenix: "Good stuff Maynard!"
Life is much too short to be able to spend as much time as we would like with good friends!