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Germany – Gauselmann Group cooperates with OWL University of Applied Sciences

By - 28 February 2022

In order to give students the opportunity to get involved and gain professional experienc, the Gauselmann Group has cooperated with the Technical University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe and enabled five junior employees to carry out a practical project lasting several months.

The students of the Master’s program Management of Medium-Sized Companies had the task of further developing an instrument in project controlling (earned value analysis) in such a way that decision-makers can see even better whether the implementation of a project is worthwhile or not. For this purpose, the required resources such as time, costs and personnel should be graphically compared with the expected benefits.

The kick-off took place in October with a face-to-face event at Schloss Benkhausen. After that, the team met every two weeks via Zoom. During the meetings, questions were concretized, solutions were pointed out and progress was documented. At the end of January, the results were presented to a panel of scientists and business representatives. During the project phase, which lasted several months, the students were intensively supervised by the Gauselmann Group.

“It’s always nice when you can give something to junior staff and accompany them a bit on their way,” explains Ute Hanne. As head of the project controlling department at Merkur Casino, she and her colleague Marcel Faulhaber took care of the technical support of the group. The coordination was taken over by the personnel marketing team of the Gauselmann Group and ensured that the project functioned smoothly. “When the university approached us again in the summer, it was immediately clear that we would participate again. The past projects have shown that we want to intensify our cooperation activities during this time and provide students with a wide range of practical insights,” reports Jannik Vieth, HR specialist for marketing and employer branding.

The right project was quickly found, so that nothing stood in the way of the participation of Lena Kremer, Felix Mai, Jacquelin Klose, Nathalie Söhngen and Torben Gerke. And the students performed with flying colors: They not only developed the project management tool as desired, but also produced a practical manual for employees, which makes it possible to apply the findings in the everyday work of the group of companies even after completion of the project. “These were very instructive months, from which we will take a lot with us for our professional development,” says student Felix Mai. “We are glad that everyone involved has put so much effort into it.”

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