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Now, for example, I have to go teach a class on Cross Cultural Leadership to a group of students from the International Business Program who speak pretty good English. This class is taught in English. I am going to do a collective bargaining scenario, as an example of a business practice (and also because the midterm exam won’t be ready until next week). This was not in the original syllabus and it isn’t exactly on the list of proposed topics. I’ll introduce it using ideas that Sergio Finardi sent me.
PS It went really well. I added two elements — a meeting between managers and investors, to clarify where management priorities should be, followed by a meeting between union leaders and members, to find out if they really had the support of workers. This made it a lot easier for the bargaining teams to stay in role. The class ran from 1 pm to 4:40, whcih gave them enough time to actually propose, caucus, counter-propose and respond, and they very nearly came to an agreement about 4:15, much to my amazement. But then it all broke down — they couldn’t see how close they were, even though I drew a matrix on the board and kept pointing at issues they were close on. They had a good time.