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Organization Theory

Source: Organization Theory

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:

D.W. Griffith’s_Enoch Arden (1911)

Enoch Arden is a two-part 1911 short silent drama film, based on the Tennyson poem of the same name. It was directed by D. W. Griffith, starred Wilfred Lucas and featured Blanche Sweet. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress.[1]

Part 1: The story is set in an 18th century fishing village, and concerns a romantic triangle involving fisherman Enoch Arden, his girlfriend Annie Lee, and a wealthy rival named Philip Ray. Enoch wins the girl, they marry, and after a few years they have three children. In order to provide for his young family Enoch chooses to go to sea on a fishing vessel for an extended voyage, over the objections of Annie Lee. When the ship founders, Enoch and two other sailors make their way to an island, but his shipmates die, leaving Enoch the sole survivor. Annie Lee, meanwhile, anxiously watches for his return while Philip Ray stands by.

Part 2: The years have passed since Enoch was shipwrecked alone on an island. His wife Annie Lee has continued to watch for his return while their two children have grown to adolescence. Enoch’s rival, Philip Ray, gently tries to persuade Annie Lee that he won’t be coming home, and that she should consider remarriage. With the children urging her along, she is eventually persuaded to wed Philip Ray, to close the little cottage she shared with Enoch, and to move with the children into her new husband’s more spacious home.

Enoch, now living on his island like a miserable Robinson Crusoe, is finally rescued, but comes home to find his cottage deserted. Taking a room at an inn he learns of the marriage of Annie Lee and Philip Ray from a local gossip who doesn’t recognize him. Enoch goes to Philip Ray’s house, gazes into a window, and sees his grown children with their stepfather and Annie Lee, the latter holding a newborn baby. Realizing that his presence could only cause more grief, Enoch goes back to the inn where he dies of a broken heart.

Even though Biograph would limit him to one-reelers, DW Griffith had ambitions to move on to longer films. Once or twice before this he had followed a short up with a sequel to be released a week later, but this is his first genuine two-parter, making a full, coherent story. Although Biograph insisted it be released as two shorts, many theatre owners cottoned on and showed it as one film.

Wisely, Griffith chose to expand upon a story he had made a loose adaptation of before, Enoch Arden having been the inspiration for 1910’s The Unchanging Sea. Covering a lengthy timescale, the material is also perfectly suited to a longer running time. Griffith clearly realised that if cinema was going to flourish as a serious and unique storytelling medium, it would not only have to develop in how it conveyed information visually, but also become more subtle and naturalistic. Around the time of Enoch Arden he was really striving to perfect this, and the two parts are like a showcase for everything he had developed so far.

Griffith opens by introducing each of the three main characters with a single title revealing their name only, followed by a shot for each which serves as a brief yet meaningful introduction. Then, without resorting to another title card, he sets up the love triangle with just some careful positioning of the three actors we have just met. This economy of expression would later be taken up and developed by Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford. The use of props by actors to reveal character or emotion is also beginning to develop. In the scene where Annie Lee watches Enoch’s boat disappear over the horizon, she stops to wipe the lens of the spyglass — perhaps to see the boat clearer, perhaps also to wipe away a tear.

Griffith was also beginning to develop the emotional impact of his camera work. He had around this time been experimenting by throwing in the occasional functional close-up to clarify an object or action. Here however, in the scene where Annie gives Enoch the baby’s curl, he briefly moves the camera closer to the actors. The close-up is not to explain the action, it is to draw the audience into it and makes us involved in this poignant moment. This is a really important breakthrough.

D.W. Griffith biodata and Filmography

On this page are listed the films directed by the pioneering American filmmaker D. W. Griffith (1875–1948). According to the Internet Movie Database, he directed 532 films between 1908 and 1931.


David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob “Roaring Jake” Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father’s romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history. In 1897 Griffith set out to pursue a career both acting and writing for the theater, but for the most part was unsuccessful. Reluctantly, he agreed to act in the new motion picture medium for Edwin S. Porter at the Edison Company. Griffith was eventually offered a job at the financially struggling American Mutoscope & Biograph Co., where he directed over four hundred and fifty short films, experimenting with the story-telling techniques he would later perfect in his epic The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Griffith and his personal cinematographer G.W. Bitzer collaborated to create and perfect such cinematic devices as the flash-back, the iris shot, the mask and cross-cutting. In the years following “Birth”, Griffith never again saw the same monumental success as his signature film and, in 1931, his increasing failures forced his retirement. Though hailed for his vision in narrative film-making, he was similarly criticized for his blatant racism. Griffith died in Los Angeles in 1948, one of the most dichotomous figures in film history.

His films depict the cruelty of humankind.

He has been called “the father of film technique,” “the man who invented Hollywood,” and “the Shakespeare of the screen“. In 1920, he established United Artists with Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Kaminsky

List of American films on IMDb (Internet Movie Database)

The Internet Movie Database (abbreviated IMDb) is an online database of information related to films, television programs, and video games, including cast, production crew, fictional characters, biographies, plot summaries, trivia and reviews. Actors and crew can post their own résumé and upload photos of themselves for a yearly fee. U.S. users can also view over 6,000 movies and television shows from CBS, Sony, and various independent film makers.

As of March 2, 2015, IMDb had 3,213,327 titles (includes episodes) and 6,411,964 personalities in its database,[2] as well as 59 million registered users and is an Alexa Top 50 site.

The site enables registered users to submit new material and request edits to existing entries. Although all data are checked before going live, the system has been open to abuse, and occasional errors are acknowledged. Users are also invited to rate any film on a scale of 1 to 10, and the totals are converted into a weighted mean-rating that is displayed beside each title, with online filters employed to deter ballot-stuffing. The site also features message boards, which stimulate regular debates among authenticated users.


Edu-News: Final dissertation topics

Deadlines for submission:

  • December 31, 2014 for Intake 01-2014 (starting October 15, 2014). View ID listing update_31.10.2014.
  • January 31, 2015 for Intake 02-2014 (starting November 25, 2014). View ID listing update_21.11.2014.
  • June 30, 2015 for Intake 01-2015 (starting February 28, 2015).
  • August 31, 2015 for Intake 02-2015 (starting July 1, 2015)

Instructors: Prof. Anh Tho  Andres, Dr Nguyen Huu Than.

Instructions: Please choose the topic for your final dissertation for the Eng-4-MBA English Preparatory Class.

1. Topic one: Banking and Finance. Dissertation Assignment #1

  • a. Read this book in the original version in English (Link) and use the e-book in Vietnam for your own understanding.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this topic, use this link.
  • c. View proposed curriculum on Banking and Financial Institutions on e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

2. Topic two: International Trade. Dissertation Assignment #2

  • a. Read this book in the original version in English (Link) and use the e-book in Vietnam for your own understanding.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on International Trade on e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

3. Topic three: Organisational Communication. Dissertation Assignment #3

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Organisational Communication e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

4. Topic four: Human Resource Management. Dissertation Assignment #4

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Human Resource Management & Leadership e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

5. Topic five: Corporate Social Responsibility: Dissertation Assignment #5

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Corporate Social Responsibility e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

6. Topic six: Marketing Strategy and Planning. Dissertation Assignment #6