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Thoughts on self directed learning June 22, 2011

Posted by Null in Academic, HRM, Work Organisations.
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What is it with organisational learning? Many authors talk about it; few people know about it; and no employees are being put to implement it.

Organisational learning can be best implemented if the employees are being put into self directed learning. A company that introduces self directed learning for it’s employees will benefit in many ways. Firstly, the company is engaging in delegating the responsibility within the employees by which the learners will find responsibility with less bossing. Secondly, the learners will try to find their own way of learning since every learner does not have the same pace or style of learning. Finally, the learners can contextualise their learning effectively into their work if the learning has been done according to their own self-direction.

Attitudes towards software piracy June 1, 2007

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Pirate the high rate! This has been the common tendency of the software pirates for a decade. Unauthorised copying, illegal resale, & multiple reuses of software products are common nowadays. Software piracy has become a severe issue in the software industry especially due to the escalating trends in unauthorized copying of software products within business environments and educational institutes all over the globe. As a result, these activities are jeopardizing billions of dollar revenues of the global software industry. The piracy act will not stop until the attitudes changes, and the attitudes will not change unless the actions are taken. Thus adequate measures should be taken to combat the attitudes of students and as well as the software piracy in general.

The above argument reflects the abstract of my study which was completed in an effort to understand the attitudes of students towards software piracy.

A La Carte services for academic assignments May 29, 2007

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I wonder why we tend to use the technology as a medium for cheating? Knowing that essays or assignments that had been previously submitted or copied, students still buy customised essays/assignments from websites who provides these sort of services. Probably because students these days are not much concerned about the academic ethics. Probably they don’t give a damn to ethics at all. Technology has given them the edge to do whatever they want. Money can buy assignments too and in a a-la-carte menu. Just drop down todays menu of assignments, and choose the relevant topics and essays for your assignments.

However, the bad news for those students who buy a-la-carte assignments/reports is that you can get caught easily because it is much easier for academics as well to know whether the assignment/essay has been written by the student or not. What I do is just copy the texts from the assignment and give it a search. It is that easy to find a cheater. Another bad news is that google has recently banned ads that provide essays on payment. Google has also collaborated with universities with to fight against a-la-carte assignments. Most of the good universities now use the plagiarism software to detect purchased assignments. But I reckon we are too far behind to combat this global threat. We need to have a global ban on the “essay mills” who provide these services. Otherwise it won’t help much.

Benefits of Team Based Learning May 28, 2007

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There are many aspects of Team Based Learning that helps us learn. First of all, the formation of a group ties us in a learning collaboration. The group formation itself is a kind of agreement between members so that everyone does their best for satisfying the interest of the group. It brings an increased responsibility into an individual mind. In fact, everyone’s involvement has a tremendous effect on our individual learning process. Team based learning also encourages friendly competition which eventually force our intuition to learn and do well. It is possible for a student to understand whether he/she is progressing well enough compared to other group members.

Team Based LearningSecondly, inclusion of team exercises can help students get diverse ideas, views, opinions and feedback, which, as an individual would not have been possible or would take a significant amount of time to discover. Team exercises also helps in improving a student’s grade which would not have been possible by an individual effort.

Finally, the team based learning encourages constructive conflicts and leads to several arguments until an appropriate solution is constructed. Thus team based learning removes the barriers of individual thinking and understanding and offers us with multiple arguments which encourages better learning. It also forces a weaker student to improve and join the collaboration that eventually helps that student to gain the lost confidence back.

Reflections about IHRM as a field of study May 4, 2007

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International Human Resource Management is a commonly used subject in tertiary institutions. This is due to the demand for HR practitioners who can cope with radical organisational changes. Globalisation, increased competition, information technology, effective communication, workplace diversity are some of the issues that had encouraged many firms to go multinational and conduct international business. However, going multinational is not an easy task because there are several issues such as cultural differences, varying employment laws, and unknown market conditions which challenge a firm when conducting international business. In addition, multinationals face more challenges when aligning their HR practices to the global marketplace. Hence it is worthwhile to have an area of study that will equip managers and HR professionals for the cultural challenges faced with managing human resources globally.

The Best textbook for International HRM May 2, 2007

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International HRM by Dowling and Welch

When I was being assigned from my University to teach International HRM, I browsed in some online bookstores to find textbooks. But surprisingly, there are not enough of textbooks in this field of study. However, I first tried with some multidisciplinary HR textbooks but those did not help me. Eventually, I found a textbook by Dowling and Welch “International Human Resource Management: Managing people in a multinational context” which I thought to be a general HR textbook with some international contexts and cases. But after reading the book I soon realised the quality of work in that book. The book chapters covered interesting topics like repatriation, cultural adjustments, pre-departure training, etc which are all related with expatriates, TCNs and HCNs. I will definitely recommend this book to all HR practitioners and academics. The book can be bought from Thomson Learning or you also have quick look at their companion website. You can also try International Human Resource Management by Dennis Briscoe and Randall S. Schuler. But I would highly recommend Dowling and Welch’s textbook. If you want to try before you buy, you can download a sample chapter of the book for free.