As CDTM is celebrating its 20 years anniversary, we pass its story in review and reminisce about how it has started and evolved.
The stars align
Through the Münchner Kreis, Arnold Picot, Professor for Business Administration at LMU and Jörg Eberspächer, Professor for Electrical Engineering at TUM, were confronted with the challenges that the increasing dynamics of digital technology brought to product development and the management of businesses. They realized that traditional thinking in disciplinary boxes of engineering and business would not give the required answers and the curriculum of these faculties were too focused in order to produce effective managers of digital technology.
Inspired by the United States, the hotbed of the digital revolution, Andrew Kelly, a senior advisor and “bridge builder”, who had worked intensively with executives from the telecommunications industry, realized that German students were educated to narrow-mindedly and that they would benefit highly from the campus experience of studying at a renowned international university. Eventually, the introduction of Manfred Broy to Kelly and Picot as well as many other links to MIT led them to form a “delegation from Munich” to travel to Cambridge to discuss opportunities of cooperation between the US and both Munich universities.
Was CDTM born on a plane ride?