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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.

Leadership, Culture and Entrepreneurship

Hi All,

I found an interesting article on Leadership, Culture and Entrepreneurship, and am sharing it with you here.

QUOTE

Smart entrepreneurs start with customers, their requirements and what represents the greatest value
for them and is most likely to result in purchases, whether due to availability, speed, price or acombination of various factors. A customer may just want the product or brand and he or she maybe indifferent as to the attitudes, beliefs and values of who is supplying it. How many prospectswould buy an inferior or more expensive alternative just because someone employed by the supplierhappened to have certain cultural characteristics? As Milton Friedman (1962) pointed out whenselecting the best tomatoes customers may not discriminate for or against their growers.
Read the full article* under this link.

Publication Reference*

This article appears in the June 2015 issue of the IUP Quarterly Journal Effective Executive

Colin Coulson-Thomas (2015), Leadership, Culture and Entrepreneurship,  Effective Executive, Vol.XVIII No. 2, June, pp 19-28
END OF QUOTE
For me, leadership is key to success in an Entrepreneurial project. Without the leader, and his vision, the project is doomed to fail. But without customers feedback, there is no testing ground for further improvement. Therefore, the relationship between product and client’s value is very important. The rest of marketing mix depends on the competition and conditions applicable to each market
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Hope it helps,
Cô Anh Tho

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 sbi-training.com 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 sbi-training.com 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 sbi-training.com 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 sbi-training.com 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 sbi-training.com 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

Thesis Statements

A thesis statement:

  • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
  • makes a claim that others might dispute.
  • is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.

Read more onThesis Statement at  http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/

Edu-news: New Course on SBI-Training.com starting on June 1, 2015

For Literature and Film lovers, this course is ideal as an introductory course to understanding Film theory, Film history, Film and Literature.

The course includes Literature reviews and Screening of the a list of films for discussions.

Here are some useful resources for studying this topic:

Understanding Film How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond  James Monaco
Style & Technical Matter Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis,   Barry Salt. James Monaco
Film Theory Film Theory and Criticism Braudy and Cohen
Film History Film History: an Introduction (readings 11/18/22/24/26) Bordwell and Thompson
“History of American Cinema” Series   UCaliforniaP Musser /  Bower
Film and Literature Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader Timothy Corrigan
The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen Cartmell and Whelehan
Adaptation and Appropriation Julie Sanders

Course Code: CERT.ENGLIT.001

Instructors: to be confirmed.

Start date: June 1st, 2015

Duration: 24 weeks.

To register: contact@sbi-training.com