Day 11: Back to Work

Today served the culmination of our company analysis project, with each team giving presentations on our company’s business model, strengths and weaknesses, and role in the automotive supply chain.

But first, we had to write them.

With the craziness of the past week, we haven’t really had much time to finish our presentations, so today was go-time. Despite having the morning off, we got up at the crack of dawn and headed down to the university. We then holed up in our teammate Johannes’ office for five hours and got to work. Needless to say, I don’t have many pictures from today.

We got some good work done, and it was really satisfying to see it all come together. Our presentation, in my opinion, offered a solid and comprehensive view of SGL. The company’s poor financial situation makes it stand out against the other companies we’ve visited in Germany, and it made for some really interesting research and analysis.

My group and I concluded that SGL is well posed to make a turnaround, as the automotive industry switches to greener industry. Dr. Feick, on the other hand, seems to think the company will be bought out. I’ll definitely have to check in on SGL a few years down the road!

I’ve definitely learned a lot from this project, both about the automotive industry and about working effectively in teams. I was able to work with people with backgrounds completely different from my own – not just in major, but also in nationality. I’m grateful for the opportunity, as well as for my new friends!

It’s crazy to think how fast the trip has gone, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s trip to Ulm, and Friday’s free day!

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