Review of Jagersma’s On Becoming Extraordinary

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As capitalism continues to evolve and spread itself over more and more aspects of human life, it is inevitable that commercial organizations will find ways to profit from those different activities. One such area is the provision of advice – management consultancy, in other words. What previously might have been sought through social networks and personal contacts is now dominated by what author Pieter Klaas Jagersma calls professional service firms.

Read the full review here.

Managerial Challenges of Infrastructure Development Projects in the New Myanmar

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The full text of the paper I gave at the Penang conference (3rd ICM, 2013) has been published online (http://www.internationalconference.com.my/proceeding/3rdICM_proceeding/048_080_3rdICM2013_Proceeding_p659.pdf).

I will take this opportunity of posting the abstract again:

Abstract

As Myanmar has entered the international realm through embracing its own form of democracy, the country has almost immediately become one of the most powerful magnets for inward investment in all of Asia. The numerous mineral resources, the apparently compliant, low-wage labour force with English language ability and the strategic location between India and China all make siren calls to the world’s investors and many have taken early positions in important and newly-opened industries. Prominent among these opportunities are those related to infrastructure: roads, ports, energy transmission systems and special economic zones are all vital areas for developing the country’s domestic markets and resources and, for what will be more important to a number of potential and actual investors, creating the linkages that will enable them to extract resources and products from the country to international markets where profits will be superior. Many foreign investors have, therefore, found themselves active in joint ventures with local partners and other arrangements as part of the effort to create the desired infrastructure projects. Yet these partnerships have in many cases been fraught with managerial peril: mercurial local partners, uncertain legal norms, the need to negotiate the removal of villagers from the path of new projects and political machinations have all been problematic. This paper explores a variety of case studies of infrastructure development in Myanmar with a view to intensifying the different managerial challenges that have been encountered and aims to indicate the ways these challenges might be tackled.

Keywords: infrastructure, management, Myanmar, special economic zones

Managerial Challenges of Infrastructure Development Projects in the New Myanmar

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This is the abstract I have submitted for the 3rd International Conference on Management to be held in Penang in June (http://www.internationalconference.com.my/). The full paper is due on the 26th:

Managerial Challenges of Infrastructure Development Projects in the New Myanmar

Abstract

As Myanmar has entered the international realm through embracing its own form of democracy, the country has almost immediately become one of the most powerful magnets for inward investment in all of Asia. The numerous mineral resources, the apparently compliant, low-wage labour force with English language ability and the strategic location between India and China all make siren calls to the world’s investors and many have taken early positions in important and newly-opened industries. Prominent among these opportunities are those related to infrastructure: roads, ports, energy transmission systems and special economic zones are all vital areas for developing the country’s domestic markets and resources and, for what will be more important to a number of potential and actual investors, creating the linkages that will enable them to extract resources and products from the country to international markets where profits will be superior. Many foreign investors have, therefore, found themselves active in joint ventures with local partners and other arrangements as part of the effort to create the desired infrastructure projects. Yet these partnerships have in many cases been fraught with managerial peril: mercurial local partners, uncertain legal norms, the need to negotiate the removal of villagers from the path of new projects and political machinations have all been problematic. This paper explores a variety of case studies of infrastructure development in Myanmar with a view to intensifying the different managerial challenges that have been encountered and aims to indicate the ways these challenges might be tackled.

Keywords: infrastructure, management, Myanmar, special economic zones

Review of Wasserman and Katz’s The Invisible Manager

There are so many management self-help books available these days that many if not most of them have begun to rely on gimmicks to try to stand out from the swelling throng. It is very refreshing, therefore, to come across one that relies on careful observation of human behaviour and pragmatic responses to the problems likely to be encountered in the course of a managerial career. Authors Wasserman and Katz draw upon their many years of experience as management consultants to find a series of vignettes which are presented in straightforward language with the lessons to be learned clearly signposted.

Read the full review here.

Business Information Systems: What Is Information?

When considering business information systems, it is obviously important to understand what information is. This is somewhat problematic because information is a concept that is of considerable importance to a wide range of fields of study. Inevitably, each different field of study has its own definition of the nature of information and the uses to which it can be put.

Read the full article here: http://computersight.com/software/business-information-systems-what-is-information/.

Business Information Systems: Introduction

Business information systems include a wide range of different systems, networks and applications that are used to collect, redact and disseminate information (broadly defined) so as to assist in operations. Examples of such systems include decision support systems, management information systems and executive support systems.

Read the full article here: http://john-walsh.quazen.com/reference/business-information-systems-introduction

SIU Journal of Management Vol.1, No.1 Published

The first issue of the SIU Journal of Management has been published. Download the full copy here.

CONTENTS
Volume 1, Number 1, June, 2011.

Editor’s Introduction                            4
INVITED ARTICLE
China: The Elephant in Every Room  8
David McHardy Reid
 
RESEARCH ARTICLES
1. Study of Cross-Border Trading of Myanmar and Thailand: Reviewing the Unseen Importance of Maw Danung and Dan Singkorn Checkpoints   41
Sittichai Anantarangsi            
2. Employees’ Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Performance Appraisals: The Case of Pakistan   58
Muhammad Kashif Saeed and Nosheen Shahbaz   
3. The Impact of Theravada Buddhist Values on Work Practices in Southeast Asia    76
Scott A. Hipsher          

CONFERENCE REPORT
ICBM 2011   102
Mark Neal  
 
Invited Conference Paper: Strictly in Confidence: Thai Economic Virility, Internal Angst and the Market: Problems, Perceptions, Prognoses   105
Frank Faulkner 
  
BOOK REVIEWS
1. The River of Life: Changing Ecosystems of the Mekong Region by Yos Santasombat   125
John Walsh 
2. An Economic History of Cambodia in the Twentieth Century by Margaret Slocomb   129
John Walsh
 
CALL FOR PAPERS                            132
AUTHOR’S GUIDELINES                                      134
ABOUT SHINAWATRA UNIVERSITY                              136
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD                                 139