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Lectures by survivors of the Andes plane crash

Álvaro Mangino and José Luis Inciarte, two of the survivors of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes, are giving lectures on May 12 and 13 on survival instincts and the way groups take shape and are then set against each other.

The organiser is the Department of Management and Engineering and the lectures are an exciting part of the department’s ‘good workplace’ project.

A plane carrying a young rugby team crashed in the Andes in October 1972, at 4 000 meters and beyond all civilisation. The three-country rescue effort never found the crash site and the survivors could hear over the radio that they had been left to their fate. 72 days without food and clothing in the icy cold made them do the unthinkable - eating the bodies of the dead. The events were later portrayed in the documentary ‘Stranded’ and the movie ‘Alive’.

This is an amazing story about the will to survive. But what can employees at the Department of Management and Engineering learn from it? Is there a need for crisis management this dramatic?

“No, we’re not in this kind of crisis”, Lena Sjöholm, working environment representative, says with a laugh, “but the issues surrounding leadership, teamwork and conflict are always important.”

“We were tipped-off by one of our employees that some of the survivors of the Andes crash were in Sweden on a lecture tour. The main topic of interest to us is the experience of the survivors of how groups take shape, and are pitted against each other and the influence of different leadership styles”.

“As always after a big re-organisation it takes time to get along and work together. There are 420 employees at the Department of Management and Engineering so many work cultures have had to adapt to each other”.

Are the lectures open to more people than just employees at the Department of Management and Engineering?

“Absolutely, but if you want to be sure of getting a cup of coffee it is necessary to pre-register”.

The lectures are given in English in Hall A2, Campus Valla, Tuesday, May 12 14.00-17.00 and Wednesday, May 13 09.00-12.00.

Therese Winder 2009-05-05

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Last updated: 2009-06-03