Culture eats strategy for breakfast

The relationship between the six concepts central to the delivery of the new Business Management programme is one that is worth exploring in detail with students. When applying concepts to contexts in the form of real life case studies, it is quickly apparent that there are significant overlaps and connections between the concepts and that considering any of them in isolation does not reflect reality. This post examines the relationship between culture and strategy, which seek to exemplify an organisation’s ...

Innovation at the heart of the Seoul

Not surprisingly, South Korea the home for technology giants, such as Samsung and LG. is experiencing a revolution in city living. Home to around 10 million people, Seoul is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world and has gained a reputation for innovative thinking. The future of most western societies is currently being experienced in Seoul today. Seoul is the world’s most connected city. With over 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots. Seoul also has the world’s fastest average ...

Case studies and concepts: Lenovo

Growth is a topic that can be used as the focus for all 6 business management concepts: Change Culture Ethics Globalisation Innovation Strategy As a result, it will be useful for students to select a case study that relates to growth, as this can satisfy many questions set on Paper 2, section C. Given the broad nature of possible questions, it will be beneficial for students to research large multinational concerns to illustrate, and support, an answer to a concept based ...

An interesting topic for discussion or research

Recently my group have been exploring the relationship between documentary and propaganda films. One of our key points of reference has been Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the will 1934. And our discussions has raised the problematic of the amorality of formalism as a means for constructing or reading movies. It seemed to me that the main evidence against formalism is the distortion of apparent narrative economy and elegance by racist and morally bankrupt ideological perspectives. The films which spring most readily to ...

Exploring gender representations in the independent study

This post is an attempt to explain how one can approach the subject of representations in reading movie narratives, and to be taken seriously in the independent study. My primary intention is to offer some weight to those of you who might have students interested in exploring gender representations. Far too many independent study about gender representations confine themselves to the unfairness or narrowness of stereotypes as perceived through plot device. When what they should do is to use the ...

Stars in the Hollywood studio system

The following blog entry is an attempt to offer a perspective from which students might evaluate films made within the Hollywood studio system rather than just view the study of this as an historical topic. I should make a minor disclaimer here, in that the variables within the system were legion but understanding certain institutional determinants are crucial in any reading of a film from this period in the US, and one of these was the star system, both as ...

Genre evolution/history in the Holywood studio system

Genre offers a enormous range of approaches in critical studies, so much so that once one begins to study this area, one can begin to question whether genre itself is indeed relevant any longer. One thing is clear, audiences believe a films generic location is one of the key determining factors in whether they'll pay the admission price at the cinema or stream the movie to their equipment. Genre as a concept is certainly of historical importance, as film production in ...

“Art too bad to be ignored”

“The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent.” http://www.museumofbadart.org/collection/ The latest Triple A online Visual Arts workshop is in full swing and participants have been visiting the Museum of Bad Art to make some selections, ...

FB – it’s getting bigger and better…

With more than 35 million users, Indonesia is currently the second largest Facebook market in the world. Despite its relatively slow Internet connection compared to other countries, its growth rate from year to year has been tremendously high. In his blog, Nick Burcher reports that Indonesia has jumped from having 209,760 users connected in July 2008 to 25,912,960 users in July 2010. Why is Facebook that popular in Indonesia? Julian Putra cites 3 reasons : culture - mobility - simplicity. Culture - “Indonesia is Facebook in real life. ...

TRANSCRIPTION (AGAIN)

There I was, quietly eating my cornflakes in this morning's Sunday sunshine, reading the Sunday Times magazine, idly watching the labrador putting up with two overly affectionate kittens, when I came across still more examples of art imitating art - or transcribing art, anyway. Back in March 2010 I posted a blog entry something a long the lines of "you can appropriate - but you'd better not plagiarize!" and have revisited the homage, appropriation, transcription, reinterpretation etc theme regularly since then. We ...