WACRA 2002, The Nineteenth International Conference on Case Method Research & Application will be hosted by The University for Public Administration, Mannheim, Germany. The University is part of the Federal Labor Institute (Bundesanstalt für Arbeit) which in 2002 is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The WACRA 2002 conference on 'Interactive Teaching & Learning in a Global Context' including 'Continuing Education & Distance Learning for Global Labor Markets' will be one of the highlights of the celebrations. Plans for WACRA 2002 include the participation of well known international German companies: BASF and Siemens AG, to name a few.
Delegates from around the world, including representatives from affiliated Case Method oriented organizations BACRA (Baltic), CZACRA (Czech), NACRA (North American), and NORACRA (Nordic) will present their ideas and proposals on interactive, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international teaching and learning.
They will report on case method research (on-going and completed), case writing, simulations and new innovative uses of multi media and interactive teaching methods and applications. As requested by participants, WACRA® is increasing the number of demonstration and interactive, hands-on sessions conducted by experienced, renowned speakers and presenters. These sessions and workshops will address themes on 'Interactive Teaching & Learning in a Global Context' including 'Continuing Education & Distance Learning for Global Labor Markets' and continue the discussion from the Lund conference on 'Case Studies of Gender Issues in the Work Place', the 'Ninth Cross National Teaching Forum on 'Teaching, Culture and Diversity', the Eleventh Annual International Casewriters' Workshop & Casewriters' Colloquium as well as a variety of workshops on 'Case Teaching and Learning.'
The Mannheim conference will feature the inaugural WACRA-NOVA-South E. University Doctoral Consortiumon 'Technology Meets Culture - Managing Global Information'. Co-chairs of this new program are Dr. Robert DeMichiell and Dr. Richard Manning of Nova Southeastern University. The program is supported by Euratio Akademie, Zurich, Switzerland and by several European and American corporate sponsors.
For more details on conference activities refer to dedicated contributions in this NEWSletter. We also invite you to visit the photo galleries of the past WACRA conferences in Sweden, Hungary, Spain, France and past ACT conferences in Vienna, Austria and Lucerne, Switzerland. The photo galleries can be accessed through the WACRA® web site www.wacra.org. Photographs submitted by delegates capture the academic seriousness of the conferences, the warm welcome and the charm and beauty of the host countries.
All day pre-conference WACRA Interactive Case Sessions (WICS) on Sunday, June 30, 2002 will offer conference delegates the opportunity to attend exciting and intellectually stimulating demonstrations by experts. Dr. James Camerius, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, U.S.A. will direct the Case Writers' Colloquium and Dr. Jim Erskine from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada will conduct several case teaching workshops. Dr. Carmen Vega Carney, AGSIM, Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Amelia Klein, Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Dr. Josef Broder, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. will continue the dialogue begun in Budapest and Lund.
The WACRA Standard Committee on Case Method activities for tenure and pro-motion considerations will continue work begun during the Fall of 2001 and at the ACT5 Creative Teaching Conference at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Vienna, Austria in January of 2002.
The newly created WACRA® Ambassador Program committee will meet during the conference in Heidelberg to plan activities. You are invited to join these committees and participate actively.
'Early arrivals' - you might want to plan to arrive in Germany on Friday or Saturday to overcome the jet lag - will have the opportunity to 'meet the hosts up-close and personal' during an optional event which begins at the Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit (Museum for Technic and Labor) followed by stroll through the Luisenpark and dinner at the rotating Skyline restaurant overlooking the Mannheim and the Rhine-Neckar valleys.
Highlights of the conference include on Sunday evening the special reception and dinner in the Rittersaal (Knights Hall) of the Mannheimer Schloss (Mannheim Castle), the largest Baroque Castle in Germany. Host for this evening are: His Honor, the Lord Mayor of Mannheim, Mr. Gerhard Widder and the State of Baden Württemberg (photo p. 10).
For plenary and concurrent expository sessions and events details please refer to dedicated sections of this NEWSletter.
On Monday , July 1, 2002, Professor Dr. Hermann Saterdag, President of The University for Public Administration will host the annual gala awards dinner at the University.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2002, after the morning sessions and lunch, the conference will reconvene from Mannheim to Heidelberg to travel by boat on the beautiful River Neckar to Neckarsteinach (which boasts not one, but four castles). Back in Heidelberg, after free time (for shopping?), Her Honor, the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Ms Beate Weber will host the WACRA conference delegates at the historic City Hall in Heidelberg for a reception followed by dinner at the nearby Palais Prinz Carl.
WACRA® conferences strive to promote the development of new teaching-learning methodologies in an international, inter cultural, interdisciplinary environment. international conference and learning about the culture and national heritage of the host country are important ingredients of the success of WACRA® conferences.
A four day, educational-cultural post-conference tour, beginning and ending in Mannheim, will take participants to Southern Germany (Bavaria) and Tyrol including a visit to the world famous Residenz in Würzburg (UNESCO world heritage, chef d'oeuvre of Southern German Baroque, one of the most important European Castles, built between 1720-1744, plans by Balthasar Neumann), the Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road), medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber (overnight), Kloster Neresheim (monestary), Dillingen a.d. Donau (site of one of the first Universities in Germany: 1543 with the Goldener Saal - ornate faculty meeting hall in Rokkoko style), the real Neuschwanstein (Ludwig's Castle), Reutte in Tyrol (overnight), on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse (German Alpine Road) through the Allgäu (one of the most beautiful areas in Germany) to Lake Constance (the old, picturesque, medieval town of Meersburg on the shores of the lake), Villingen-Schwenningen (located in the heart of the fabled Black Forest (overnight)), Furtwangen, Black Forest, a visit to the German Clock Museum, Triberg, (manufacturing center for the world famous Cuckoo Clocks), Schenkenburg, Black Forest, Offenburg and back to Mannheim (overnight).
The guided educational-cultural tour will provide such an opportunity of learning about the host country and its people. Refer to additional information in this NEWSletter and on the frequently up-dated WACRA® web site www.wacra.org. July is the High Tourist Season in Germany.
Registration before March 25, 2002 is important to allow WACRA to make all arrangements.
The conference language for WACRA® 2002 is English. WACRA® will continue the tradition begun several years ago and include tracks in French, Spanish and the language of the host country, German. You are invited to submit papers, proposals, workshops, simulations, panels etc. (in English, German, French and Spanish) for the double blind peer review process before January 15, 2002. Revised copies of papers accepted (both for presentation and publication) are due at WACRA® before March 25, 2002 accompanied by conference registration and payment. For manuscript preparation and presenters guidelines visit www.wacra.org.
WACRA® has selected Lufthansa and the Star Alliance as the official conference airline. Details will be posted on the WACRA® web site shortly. Most international airlines and many hotels follow a model of reassessing 'their inventory of unsold space' continuously. As time passes and bookings increase, available inventory decreases and ... prices increase. In simple terms, to avoid paying the procrastinator's premium, don't wait making your airline and hotel arrangements. Availability of space and price move in opposite directions: as availability decreases, the price increases. For details on hotels, airfares, special events, and program notes visit the frequently up-dated WACRA® web site www.wacra.org.
Join colleagues from around the world in Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany for a stimulating, exciting and enriching experience.
- Hans E. Klein