Symposium + Summit 2018


Ideas form when your brain gets in touch with new perspectives.


That’s why we have initiated Transcultural Student Research Groups (TSRG). Check out our former TSRGs here!

A Transcultural Student Research Group links inspiring people from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds to work on a joint project on transcultural concerns. Below, you can find more information on the Transcultural Student Research Groups. We invite you to check out our existing projects and new opportunities to become a part of them. We are looking forward to jointly tackling burning issues of our present and future world.

TSRG 2019

Relational Leadership

Case Studies from Brazil

Our Transcultural Caravan moves on! This year, several students from Zeppelin-Universität will join a TSRG to do research in Brazil.

Why Brazil?

The starting point of this research project is the Transcultural Leadership Summit 2018 on transcultural leadership and cooperation in and with Brazil. The keynotes, workshops and discussions at the Summit gave rise to ideas on how to take the presented thoughts further within the context of transcultural research. Therefore, this particular TSRG is aiming to apply the concept of Relational Leadership to cases from Brazil. Against this backdrop, LEIZ cooperates with selected Brazilian universities, companies and NGOs to learn from local expertise. This year, our TSRG participants will be assisted by several Brazilian fellows throughout the whole project and its publication.


What is meant by Relational Leadership?

The theory of Relational Leadership interprets leadership not in terms of an individual’s position, personal traits or charisma but as the result of a social exchange process between the leader(s) and the follower(s) within an organizational and institutional context. Relational Leadership puts cooperation, particularly the motivational and structural determinants and success factors of cooperation, at the center of its analysis. Within this perspective, individual and organisational resources that shape the dynamic and continuous processes of social interaction and learning are prerequisite and result of cooperation at the same time. These essential resources of relational leadership can be classified into two categories: Firstly, the willingness to cooperate and secondly, the ability to cooperate. Both can refer to the individual and to the organisational level and may be observed in manifold contexts and manifestations. To describe and analyze such manifestations and the corresponding individual and organizational learning processes is the purpose of this research project, aiming to apply the concept of Relational Leadership to selected cases from Brazil.


Who can apply?

Since our TSRG will tackle topics of different academic disciplines, we explicitly invite students of all ZU programmes to apply to our TSRG.


How can I join the TSRG to Brazil?

You can apply to several subtopics, which will be announced at our kick-off event on the 27th of March.


Can you reveal any details about the TRG topics in Brazil yet?

Our projects will be dealing with social entrepreneurship, politics and arts, as well as cultural and communicational phenomena, and of course, with leadership. For detailed information, you should definitely attend our kick-off event on the 27th of March at Zeppelin University…


Who will be the supervisors?

We are happy that various ZU experts accepted our invitation to supervise our TSRG subprojects. Amongst others, we are glad to have on board Dr Thomas Pfister, Prof Ulf Papenfuß, Prof Karen van den Berg, Prof Jan Söffner and Prof Michael Scharkow. From the LEIZ, Prof Josef Wieland and his team will be supervising sub-projects as well.


How is the schedule?

The TSRG schedule is structured in three major steps. Firstly, the participants will collect data during a field trip to Brazil for at least ten days. This expedition is meant for observation on site and will take place between July and September 2019. In a second step, participants will process their collected data and findings in their Bachelor, Humboldt or Master thesis between September and January. Furthermore, participants will attend a symposium in November 2019, where they will present their findings. Finally, by April 2020, all participants will submit short versions of their thesis which will be published as a book chapter in a volume of the “Transcultural Management Series” at Metropolis Publisher.



Contact information


Julika Baumann Montecinos

Head of „Transcultural Management Studies“
Manager External Relations at the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ






Are you ready for transculturality?

Our Transcultural Student Research Groups

What is a Transcultural Research Group (TSRG)?
A TSRG consists of students, academics and professionals from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds who work together on a joint research project.

What kind of research is done by TSRGs?
TSRG research projects address issues of transcultural relevance. All academic disciplines are invited to launch their topics on transcultural concerns.

What is the organizational structure of a TSRG and the design of a TSRG project?
TSRGs are free to establish their own organizational structure and to choose their individual approach to answering their research questions. Actually, the process of coordinating the TSRG, of designing the details of the project and of working on it as a team of people from different backgrounds is exactly the experience that we want to provide. That’s what transculturality is about!

What is the outcome of a TSRG?
The findings and results of a TSRG can be published as papers, theses or articles. Besides, they can be launched as a blog post or be presented on conferences, symposiums or summits, such as the annual Transcultural Leadership Summit.

What does the Transcultural Caravan offer you?
TSRGs are founded and accompanied by us. We offer you a platform to connect with other inspiring people and to get the latest news on transcultural topics, recent publications and best practices. We help you to find financial support for your research.

You want to join a TSRG or launch a new one?
Please contact us.

Research ideas

Some questions for launching

What does transcultural leadership look like in action? What characterizes a truly global organization? And to which degree does a Code of Ethics contribute to reduce ambiguity within a multinational corporation?

What are the key factors of success and failure which led transcultural communities to flourish or to ruin? How can we translate these factors into today’s international organizations, globally operating companies and mega-cities? And in what way can we generate sustainability and wealth in those mega-cities regarding cultural hybridity, ecological awareness and economic progress?

To what degree does trade impact mutual understanding? How can we establish a respectful way of trading as has been practiced along the Silk Road’s transcultural cities? And is urbanization the new major economic factor?

What are the strategies to cooperate despite enormous ethnic and religious differences? How is diplomacy related to transcultural communication? And to which extent does this affect mutual acceptance, forced cooperation, and reciprocal learning?

Does the twenty-first century change the relationship between deviation and unity? What are the impacts on our identities? And should we think of identities as a concept of hybridity?

Which factors allow shared moral conceptions to emerge? How can they be implemented? And what is the role of Shared Mental Models linked with Shared Practices?

Material collection
Looking for inspiration or new perspectives? We are sure you will discover something here!
We have created a section of relevant literature for you. The books are based at the Zeppelin University. Don't forget to check them out!
Material collection
Looking for inspiration or new perspectives? We are sure you will discover something here!
Release of the full Material Collection in the near future.
Ortar: CSR in Israel (Slides)

You can find the corresponding podcast of our session at the 20th Academy for Business Ethics in Weingarten (November 26, 2015) here.

Möhrer, Suurendonk: Transculturalism and Leadership Excellence (Slides)

You can find the corresponding podcast of our session at the 20th Academy for Business Ethics in Weingarten (November 26, 2015) here.

Möhrer, Pillath, Simmank, Suurendonk: Transculturalism and Leadership Excellence (Report)
We have created a section of relevant literature for you. The books are based at the Zeppelin University. Don't forget to check them out!
Relevant literature
Resources in English
  • Meyer, Erin
    The culture map : breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business / Erin Meyer. – 1. ed. – New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 2014. – VIII, 277 p.
  • Mangubhai, Jayshree P.
    Human rights as practice : Dalit women securing livelihood entitlements in South India / Jayshree P. Mangubhai. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2014. – XIII, 295 p.
  • The Oxford handbook of the Indian economy in the 21st century
    The Oxford handbook of the Indian economy in the 21st century : understanding the inherent dynamism / ed. by Ashima Goyal. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press, 2014. – LXXIV, 965 p.
  • Clark, Gregory
    The son also rises : surnames and the history of social mobility / Gregory Clark … – Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press, 2014. – XII, 364 p. (The Princeton economic history of the Western world)
  • Transcultural encounters between Germany and India
    Transcultural encounters between Germany and India : kindred spirits in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / ed. by Joanne Miyang Cho … – 1. publ. – London; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014. – XVI, 238 p. (Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia ; 90)
  • Breman, Jan
    At work in the informal economy of India : a perspective from the bottom up / Jan Breman. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press., 2013. – XIII, 457 p.
  • Europe's immigration challenge
    Europe’s immigration challenge : reconciling work, welfare and mobility / ed. by Elena Jurado … – London : Tauris, 2013. – XIII, 209 p.
  • Collier, Paul
    Exodus : immigration and multiculturalism in the 21st century / Paul Collier. – London : Allen Lane, 2013. – VIII, 309 p.
  • Shaping the city
    Shaping the city : studies in history, theory and urban design / ed. by Rodolphe el-Khoury … – 2. ed. – London : Routledge, 2013. – VIII, 362 p.
  • Transcultural cities
    Transcultural cities : border-crossing and placemaking / ed. by Jeffrey Hou. – New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2013. – XVI, 319 p.
  • Bayly, Christopher A.
    Rulers, townsmen and bazaars : North Indian Society in the age of British expansion 1770 – 1870 / C. A. Bayly. – 3. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. – XXX, 632 p . (Oxford India perennials)
  • Sainsbury, Diane
    Welfare states and immigrant rights : the politics of inclusion and exclusion / Diane Sainsbury. – 1. ed. – Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012. – IX, 327 p.
  • Ang, S., & Van Dyne, L.
    Handbook of Cultural Intelligence – Theory, Measurement, and Application. M E Sharpe, 2008.
  • Antweiler, C.
    Inclusive Humanism: Anthropological Basics for a Realistic Cosmopolitanism. Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2012.
  • Barmeyer, C., & Franklin, P.
    Intercultural Management: A Case-Based Approach to Achieving Complementarity and Synergy. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2016.
  • Deardorff, D. K.
    The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence. SAGE Publications, 2009.
  • Glover, J., & Friedman, H. L.
    Transcultural Competence: Navigating Cultural Differences in the Global Community. American Psychological Association (APA), 2015.
  • Landis, D., Bennett, J., & Bennett, M.
    Handbook of Intercultural Training (3rd ed.). SAGE Publications, 2004.
  • Spencer-Oatey, H., & Franklin, P.
    Intercultural Interaction: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2009.
  • Wieland, J., & Leisinger, K. M.
    Transculturality – Leadership, Management and Governance (1st ed.). Marburg: Metropolis, 2016.
Resources in German
  • Handbuch Interkulturelle Öffnung
    Handbuch Interkulturelle Öffnung : Grundlagen, Best Practice, Tools; mit 15 Tab. / Elisabeth Vanderheiden … (Hg.). – Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. – 714 S.
  • Les Convivialistes
    Das konvivialistische Manifest : für eine neue Kunst des Zusammenlebens / Les Convivialistes. Hrsg. von Frank Adloff … in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research Duisburg. Übers. aus d. Franz. von Eva Moldenhauer. – Bielefeld : transcript, 2014. – 77 S. (X-Texte zu Kultur und Gesellschaft)
  • Haehnel, Birgit
    Anziehen! : transkulturelle Moden = Dressed up! / Hrsg. … Birgit Haehnel … – Bielefeld : transcript, 2013. – 157 S. (Zeitschrift für Zeitgenössisches, Kunst, Populärkultur ; 6)
  • Meiser, Anna
    »Ich trinke aus zwei Flüssen« : zur Logik transkultureller Prozesse bei christlichen Achuar und Shuar im oberen Amazonien / Anna Meiser. – Stuttgart : Kohlhammer, 2013. – 351 S.
  • Kulturgrenzen in postimperialen Räumen
    Kulturgrenzen in postimperialen Räumen : Bosnien und Westukraine als transkulturelle Regionen / Alexander Kratochvil … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2013. – 347 S. (Edition Kulturwissenschaft ; 11)
  • Kulturen in Bewegung
    Kulturen in Bewegung : Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis der Transkulturalität / Dorothee Kimmich … (Hg.). Autoren: S. Karin Amos …. – Bielefeld : Transcript, 2012. – 308 S. (Kultur- und Medientheorie)
  • Lebensmodell Diaspora
    Lebensmodell Diaspora : über moderne Nomaden / Isolde Charim … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2012. – 272 S. (Kultur und soziale Praxis)
  • Bredella, Lothar
    Narratives und interkulturelles Verstehen : zur Entwicklung von Empathie-, Urteils- und Kooperationsfähigkeit / Lothar Bredella. – Tübingen : Narr, 2012. – 151 S. (Giessener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik)
  • Verortungen der Interkulturalität
    Verortungen der Interkulturalität : die »Europäischen Kulturhauptstädte« Luxemburg und die Großregion (2007), das Ruhrgebiet (2010) und Istanbul (2010) / Thomas Ernst … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2012. – 316 S. (Interkulturalität ; 1)
  • Waffen, Wissen, Wandel
    Waffen, Wissen, Wandel : Anpassung und Lernen in transkulturellen Erstkonflikten / Dierk Walter … (Hg.). – 1. Aufl. – Hamburg : Hamburger Edition, 2012. – 302 S.
  • Datta, A.
    Transkulturalität und Identität: Bildungsprozesse zwischen Exklusion und Inklusion. Berlin: Iko-Verlag, 2005.
  • Application Deadline | TSRG Relational Leadership

    You can apply to our TSRG to Brazil until the 14th of April, 11:59 pm.

  • Relational Leadership – Case Studies from Brazil | Kick-Off

    Our caravan moves on! On Wednesday the 27th of March, we invite interested ZU students of all programmes to join our kick-off event for our TSRG Brazil. At this event we will announce detailed information about the fieldtrip to Brazil, the research project and participation possibilities.

  • Fieldtrip Transcultural Research Group HDI Uganda

    In our Uganda fieldtrip we will visit the Hope Development Initiative in Kampala, in their rural communities and various of its stakeholders. We will conduct many interesting interviews to advance the individual research projects of the group members that will together answer our overarching question about transculturality and the Hope Development Initiative.


The Transcultural Caravan is initiated and executed by


The LEIZ is kindly sponsored by


»There can be no culture except where there is some consensus. Consensus is a matter of understanding. It is transmitted through communication, through example and through participation in a common life.«

Robert Ezra Park, est. early 1920s