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Organization Theory

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Hi All,
Today is my 2nd day of YEAR-60-Anhtho_Andres Era (!)
Oh yes, I celebrated my 59th birthday yesterday, so in our Vietnamese culture, I am entering my 60th year cycle.

As usual, I just wanted to jot down my “Balance Sheet” of the past year achievement, after having done my Profit-Loss Statement, ROI on my educational investement of year 2015.

Well, based on my own assessment, the result is that for an investment in time, money and opportunity costs for my attendance of the Course on International Management (CIM) offered to Doctoral Students and Future Engineers of the most famous Engineering University in Paris (Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées) which has been the dream destination of most Vietnamese students of French colonial times, my ROI came out positive in terms of knowledge, network, job positioning, and a NEW ME.

The only grey zone in this “SWOT” exercise was that my competences in Finances did not seem to improve in spite of my nth time attending the topic, and as a result, the missing chapter “IPO Methodology for shares valuation of public companies” of my Doctoral thesis on Vietnamese SOE restructuring still remains kind of “vacillating”, so to say.

Indeed, the MAIN motivation that made me choose the whole course (worth 15 ECTS for 150 hours attendance in class) was to earn the missing 3 ETCS to fulfill the requirements of my thesis defence with UPEC. The “moment of truth” for me to sign up for this course on an impulsive and irrational vague motivation, was triggered by the perspective of gaining more knowledge in IPO and M&A, making me an “Expert in Privatisation Theory for Transition Economies” as I pompously chose the title of my research field.

Sadly, there is no magic transformation of cognitive competences without the necessary investment in time and basic foundation for such discipline or any academic subjects at all, within a 2-day refreshening course to a non-financial person like me. Dreaming of fulfilling the gap through an expeditionary learning process based on an illusory perception of job market employability, and unrealistic self-assessment of your own (in)competences is a suicidal academic learning experience.

Painful as it is, I have decided to go back to square one – my favorite theory – and learn from scratch again the foundations of accounting and finance. So, this was my New year resolution of 2016: to enforce my foundations in finance by going way back to my accounting course notes throughout the years.

Unlike young professionals who have the full scope of opportunities ahead of them, I am no more in my “twenties-or-so”, but am at the threshold of the 6th decade of my tumultuous life. So time is running short for me, not my fault, though, as I have kept the pace in cumulating the skills and competences mentioned in most job descriptions I came across during my past 40-year professional life.

But then, why do I keep on doing so? which led me to the usual reflection, for the nth time:”Why do people do what they do?”, “What do I want to achieve in life?”, “What is my definition of ‘Success’?”, “Is Success a premise to ‘Happiness’ if the ultimate objective is TO BE HAPPY?”

Having googled on “motivation theories”, I found this blog by Prof. Ozgurzan on ‘Motivation theory’, ‘Organisation Theory’, ‘Organisation Behavior, Leadership, Human Resource Management’ which helps me come to an important conclusion: TO SUCCEED, Motivation alone is not enough without the necessary competences. TO BE HAPPY is to attain the “Self-actualisation” state as defined in Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Theory.

In order to do so, I must know my own REAL competences, and my own limits, identify opportunities offered on my way, and avoid wrong motivation (the concept of ‘Delusion” in Buddhism), work my way out to attain my own wisdom (self-awareness leading to self-transformation) from lessons learned from people (theoretical knowledge), from learning by doing, and applying these theories into my own working environment (practical or managerial knowledge) and by sharing my experience with others, with by teaching or communicating to selective audience.

Here are just some thoughts of the day to share with those who come across my path, with A BIG Thank you to Professor Ozgurzan of Kadir Has University for the nice work done on this blog, and for providing the opportunity for sharing with your community.

Have a good year of 2016 and Best of Luck for the challenges facing your country.

@AndresAnhtho, Vietnamese-born, Doctoral Student @UPEC University of Paris-Est, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Call to Translators-to-be: selection of books on Responsible leadership

Call to all Vietnamese Translators-to-be
Here are the list of books that need to be translated from English into Vietnamese.
Timeline: Start Date: October 1st, 2015 – End Date: February 2016.
Resources needed: Translators and Proofreaders fluent in English and Vietnamese.
List of translations by priorities:
  • Assignment #1. Global survey. Reading assignment and partial translation only (pp. Conclusion). Deadline for submission : Oct 15, 2015.
  • Assignment #2. Global Series: Christoph Stückelberger / Jesse N.K. Mugambi (eds.), Responsible Leadership. Global and Contextual Perspectives, 2007, 376pp. Partial translation (conclusion). Deadline for submission: Dec 31, 2015.
  • Assignment #2.1. Praxis Series. Christoph Stückelberger, Responsible Leadership Handbook : For Staff and Boards, 2014, 116pp. Deadline for submission: Dec 31, 2015.
  • Assignment #3. Focus Series. Benoît Girardin, Ethics in Politics: Why it matters more than ever and how it can make a difference, 2012, 172pp. Full translation. For partial translation see assignment #13. Deadline for submission: Jan 31, 2016.
  • Assignment #4. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta (ed.), Dealing with Diversity. Religion, Globalization, Violence, Gender and Disaster in Indonesia, 2014, 372pp. ISBN: 978-2-940428-69-4; Partial translation only. Deadline for submission: Jan 31, 2016.
  • Assignments for Texts Series (from #11 to #15). GE publications. Global deadline for submission: Dec 15, 2015.
  • Assignment #12. Principles on Sharing Values across Cultures and Religions, 2012, 20pp. Global deadline for submission: Dec 15, 2015.
  • Assignment #13. Ethics in Politics. Why it matters more than ever and how it can make a difference. A Declaration, 8pp, 2012. Global deadline for submission: Dec 15, 2015.
  • Assignment #14. Religions for Climate Justice: International Interfaith Statements 2008-2014, 45 pp. Global deadline for submission: Dec 15, 2015.
  • Assignment #15. Ethics in the Information Society: the Nine ‘P’s. A Discussion Paper for the WSIS+10 Processes 2013-2015, 2013, 32pp. Global deadline for submission: Dec 15, 2015.
Priorities are given to translators who are committed to deliver their final draft by deadlines as prescribed.
For next step: see instructions for each assignment and inform me of your choice and commitment.
Project Coordinator Project Officer

Jobs for new translators – Book title: A Taste of Human Touch to be translated from Vietnamese into English

Hi All, 

Yourvietbooks muốn tuyển chọn một số dịch giả xuất sắc để dịch tác phẩm từ tiếng Việt sang tiếng Anh với sự hướng dẫn của nhóm dịch giả yourvietbooks. 

Sách có tựa đề là: Cho tình người chạm đến, 

Author: Luật sư Lê Luân,

Tựa tiếng Anh là: A Taste of Human Touch. 

ATA xin trích câu này: “Con người ta tìm thấy nhau không phải bởi sự hiện diện trước mắt hay những thứ họ có thể nhìn thấy được mà người ta tìm thấy nhau ở phía sau trong những góc khuất khép sâu.” Liên tưởng đến câu nói bất hửu của St-Exupéry, TG của hoàng tử bé (Le Petit Prince bằng tiếng Pháp): “On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur, l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux”. 

Xin các bạn đăng ký để dịch thử một chương voi 

Deadline: 30 tháng chín, 2015. Xin cám ơn. Xem FB notes:

Dissertation Assignment #3

Managing Conflict – Negotiation Skills – Interpersonal Skills.


  • What are Conflicts About? What Approaches to Conflict do you recommend? How to Handle Conflicts Constructively? How to negotiate Peace?
  • Assignment of 1200-1500 words based on the recommended readings below.
  • Deadline: extended to 31 December 2014 for intake 01-14; 31 January 2015 for intake 02-14.

Readings on Conflict and Conflict Management

  • ‘The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defence’ – provides a method of using words to deal with conflict situations;
  • ‘Work 911’, provides over 1000 articles organised into categories of communication, anger management, work-related issues, and stress.
  • ‘Workplace Solutions’ is a chock-full resources and links to articles that deal with conflict resolution and reducing violence in the workplace. 
  • The International Association for Conflict Management, brings scholars and practitioners together to study and develop conflict management skills in many settings. Find links to articles, research, and more organisations.

Other courses by Anh Tho Andres on Communication Skills, click here.

Dissertation Assignment #5

Dissertation Question: Choose 4 out of these 24 questions and state your viewpoint.
  • Course on Corporate Social Responsibility by Anh Tho Andres, click here
  • Read my series on BE GOOD on LinkedIN
  • View the Dalai Lama’s recommendation on Compassionate Ethics on Difficult Times. Click here.
  • CSR topics on Learn with YouTube: Click here
Length: about 300 words (One A4 page for each question answered)
Deadline: extended to 31 December for 01-14 and 31January 2014 for 02-14
1.   What historical trends have affected the social responsibilities of business? How have recent scandals affected the business climate, including any changes in responsibilities and expectations?
2.    Consider the role that various business disciplines, including marketing, finance, accounting, and human resources, have in social responsibility. What specific views and philosophies do these different disciplines bring to the implementation of social responsibility?
3.      How do legitimacy, urgency, and power attributes positively and negatively affect a stakeholder’s ability to develop relationships with organizations?
4.      What is reputation management? Explain why companies are concerned about their reputation and its effects on stakeholders. What are the four elements of reputation management? Why is it important to manage these elements?
5.      What role does executive compensation play in risk-taking and accountability? Why do some people partially blame compensation for the failures of the subprime mortgage and financial industries in 2008-2009?
6.   Why are internal controls and risk management important in corporate governance? Describe three approaches organizations may take to managing risk.
7.   How do political action committees influence society, and what is their appropriate role in a democratic society?
8.  Why should an organization implement the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations (FSGO) as a strategic approach for legal compliance?
9.    What are the potential benefits of an emphasis on procedural justice?
10. Why are we seeing more evidence of widespread ethical dilemmas within organizations?
11.  What is a code of conduct and how can a code be communicated effectively to employees?
12.  What role does leadership play in influencing organizational behavior?
13.  Describe the differences between workplace diversity and equal employment opportunity. How do these differences affect managerial responsibilities and the development of social responsibility programs?
14. Why are organizations developing work-life programs? What trends have contributed to these programs?
15. How can companies strive for successful relationships with consumers, including meeting their economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic expectations?
16. How will consumer rights and activism change over the next decade? Will the movement strengthen or decline? Why?
17. What role does top management play in developing and implementing a strategic philanthropy approach?
18. Describe the four-stage process for planning and implementing strategic philanthropy.
19. Many people believe that the government should regulate business with respect to privacy online, but companies say self-regulation is more appropriate. Which approach would most benefit consumers most? Business?
20. How can a strategic technology assessment help a company?
21. Think of instances of greenwashing that you have encountered. What is the harm of greenwashing?
22. What federal laws seem to have the greatest impact on business efforts to be environmentally responsible?
23. How can organizations create stronger engagement with employees? What would be the effects on social responsibility? How would social responsibility affect engagement?
24. What is national competitiveness? Describe the ways in which the three drivers of the Responsible Competitiveness Index (RCI) affect business and vice versa.