Universität Bonn

Silvan Berg

Nationality: German

Year of Graduation: 2014

MSc thesis

Analyzing technological path dependency from a patent perspective

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Please tell us about your AFECO experience  and its benefits to your development

After completing my bachelor's degree in International Business, I started looking for a master's program that combines economic studies with specific industry knowledge. For me, the AFECO program is one of the best opportunities in Germany to experience these dual insights. I remember very well enjoying the wide range of courses. In the end, I ended up majoring in agribusiness, but that was more by chance.

What is your current occupation?

I am working as a manager for ritzenhoefer & company, a leading management consultancy service provider specialised in strategy, innovation and transformation. We help our clients to develop new markets, establish innovative multi-sector business models and drive technological and organisational change.

How did AFECO help you get where you are?

Looking back, it's not easy to say how the AFECO program helped me in my current professional situation - especially since a PhD came in-between. But I really appreciated the many applied studies, the supportive professors, and the diversity of my fellow students. It is a great benefit to make friends with people from all over the world who have a similar interest in global agricultural developments. In any case, the AFECO program helped me discover my interest in organizational transformations - something that is still the most important issue in my daily work.

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