BOG BLOG : 7 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2012


New book titles –  September 2012

Get ready for ‘Super Wi-Fi’ to be a big thing in 2013  /  Julie Bort

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Super Wi-Fi is exciting because it is stronger and more powerful than existing Wi-Fi. It will be especially important for rural areas and other dead spots where broadband wireless isn’t available. If it can get a TV signal, the area can have high-speed Internet access.  This is expected to become a $1 billion market, similar to the Wi-Fi industry.

The percieved contribution of the practice of of strategic marketing on the performance of South African companies. M. Jansen van Rensburg (University of South Africa)  P. Venter (University of South Africa)  J. W. Strydom (University of South Africa)

(Article available from SABINET, to GIBS students)

The South African perspective provides new  insight into the practice and compliance of marketers within the context of developing countries. Insight of 167  South African marketing executives, obtained by means of a quantitative survey, suggests that although most  firms performed strategic marketing activities, they were less confident that they established a competitive  advantage or customer insight from doing so.

To be happy at work, be true to yourself

Suppressing one’s true identity—be it race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or a disability—might result in exposure to co-workers’ discriminatory behavior, as people are less likely to care about appearing prejudiced when they are not in the presence of an “out” group member.  “The workplace is becoming a much more diverse place, but there are still some individuals who have difficulty embracing what makes them different, especially while on the job,” says Michelle Hebl, professor of psychology at Rice University.

Article continues   from original article published in APA PsychNet 

Bringing social identity to work: The influence of manifestation and suppression on perceived discrimination, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions.  /  By Madera, Juan M., King, Eden B., & Hebl, Michelle R. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Vol 18(2), Apr 2012, 165-170.

Abstract  –  In the current article, we explored whether manifesting or suppressing an identity (race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability) at work is related to perceived discrimination, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions. Participants included 211 working adults who completed an online survey. The results showed that efforts to suppress a group identity were positively (and behavioral manifestations of group identity negatively) related to perceived discrimination, which predicted job satisfaction and turnover intentions. These results suggest that diverse employees actively manage their nonwork identities while at work and that these identity management strategies have important consequences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

MOOCs – Massive open online courses  – Q&A: Anant Agarwal, edX’s president and first professor  /  Molly Petrilla

In May, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced their joint plan to “explore the frontiers of digital education” by offering free online courses to learners around the world. As a result, their new online learning platform edX entered the burgeoning world of MOOCs — that is, massive open online courses — backed by a hefty $60 million pledge from the prestigious institutions.

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Earlier this year, Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford University research professor and co-founder of the MOOC Udacity, predicted that within 50 years there will be only 10 universities left in the world. What do you make of that?   Fifty years is a long enough time that anything can happen. I’m not a soothsayer and I don’t like to predict things 50 years out. Suffice it to say this is the year of disruption, and things are not going to be the same going into the future.


Study vs. Sleep: Which is more beneficial to your academic success? / Allison Winter, ENN

Studying is a key contributor to academic achievement, but after sports practice, then your music lesson, dinner with your family, and homework that is due tomorrow, it’s already 1 am and you are just starting to study for that US History midterm. But you’re exhausted. Should you go to sleep and hope that Roosevelt’s New Deal isn’t on the test, or stay up until you finish reading the last chapter on the Great Depression? This is a dilemma for many high school students as busy schedules and procrastination are pushing students into the late hours of the night to finish studying.  However, according to researchers at UCLA, sacrificing sleep to cram for an exam is actually counterproductive.
According to new research, regardless of how much a student studies each day, if sleep time is forfeited, he or she is likely to have more academic problems the following day which can include misunderstanding of certain concepts or performing poorly on tests or quizzes. Researchers found that study time became increasingly associated with more academic problems, because longer study hours generally meant fewer hours of sleep.  “No one is suggesting that students shouldn’t study,” said Andrew Fuligni, the study’s senior author. “But an adequate amount of sleep is also critical for academic success. These results are consistent with emerging research suggesting that sleep deprivation impedes leaning.”  The researcher found that between each year between 9th and 12th grade, the average adolescent sleep times gradually decreased from 7.6 hours per night to 6.9 hours per night respectively.  “At first, it was somewhat surprising to find that in the latter years of high school, cramming tended to be followed by days with more academic problems,” said Gillen-O’Neel, who works with Fuligni and was the study’s first author. “But then it made sense once we examined extra studying in the context of sleep. Although we expected that cramming might not be as effective as students think, our results showed that extra time spent studying cut into sleep. And it’s this reduced sleep that accounts for the increase in academic problems that occurs after days of increased studying.”  The best way to be prepared for an exam is to allot studying into your schedule days before your exam because the more study time you average, the more likely you are to receive higher grades. So the next time you are debating studying vs. sleeping, remember that a good night’s sleep is well worth it.

83% of  GLOBAL POOR will be in Africa  2025: ODI

Although only one-sixth of the world’s poor lived in Africa in 1990‚ by 2025 this will have increased to five-sixths‚ based on present trends‚ says the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)‚

Excerpt . . . .

The report focuses on one such disruptor for each of these three complementary rationales for development co-operation. The key disruptor discussed in the first area is high-impact philanthropy and nongovernmental giving channels; in the second‚ south-south co-operation combining trade and finance‚ and blended public-private funding in general; and in the third‚ the power of climate change finance‚ particularly its quite different country and project allocation logic.

If  you  think  it’s hard to meet new people, try picking

up the wrong  golf  ball –

–    Jack Lemon  –  Actor

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