MOOCs as Open Systems?

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I finally came across an interesting post on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by Clay Shirky. His main point is that the development of MOOCs is like the development of Open Software, and this openess will…

Coursera

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According to the BBC the University of Edinburgh has signed up over 200,000 students for its Coursera online courses that launch in the New Year.  You might ask how can the university provide any sort of support…

EFQM Excellence Model

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Vijay Shankar, one of this year’s MBA class, invited Matt Fisher, Chief Operating Officer of EFQM (formerly the European Foundation for Quality Management) over from Brussels to speak to the class about the EFQM Excellence Model….

Seasonal Gifts

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As the festive season approaches, many students wonder whether it is acceptable to provide modest gifts, like a bottle of whisky, to their lecturers at Christmas as acknowledgement of their excellent teaching. This is unnecessary: your…

First Year Poster Day

First Year Poster Session

This week was the first year business studies course poster day. Teams of 3 to 5 students are asked to prepare a poster analysing the business environment for a private sector company providing a product or…

Scientific Management

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It has been argued that Frederick Taylor’s Scientific Management kept the downtrodden trodden down, but in passages he espoused his idea as a route to what we might now call personal development. My favourite quotation is:…

Patient Opinion

Interesting article in today’s Observer discussing the barriers for health service patients providing feedback on their perceptions of the care they received. A survey found that while people are happy to give opinions of hotels and…

Power of Video

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Students on the MBA course developing their wikis for the course assessment are encouraged to think of novel ways of getting their information across. The wikis can include clips off Youtube or short video or audio…

Birth of Production Control

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Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road was not a book about the birth of computerised production planning, but the emergence of new types of knowledge is used as a metaphor. ‘Just such a piece was now in production,…

Crowdsourcing Patent Information

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The difficulty for patent holders to be confident that there is no prior art invalidating their patents inhibits holders of patents engaging in expensive litigation to defend their intellectual property and the difficulty of scouring the…