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May 31, 2010


This is my last module that assess our blogs.  um... for me , as a online blogger for 8 years (i guessXP), i feel i bit sad as I understand my motivation to write blogs here and chances to read new blogs from others will be reduced as pressure of our projects increased.  Others may come less to warwick blogs, too.

i did enjoy writing blogs here as i think i have developed my thinking and my logic a bit here.  i have never been writing blogs about academic stuff before.  by actually writing down the things i have learnt and reflecting on them, i m clearer about the knowledge i got.  but still, sometimes i would prefer to jot down things, that should appear here, in my personal blog in chinese=0="  haha~ one more thing!  i should admit that my time management has many rooms for improvement as I always give excues for blogging here><

anyway~ starting to blog here did change my style of blogging and I really enjoy.  thanks everyone=]
i hope i would still write blog here to share with u all my learning progress for doing my project~~

always remember 3 questions:
what you have learned?
why it is important?
and how you will apply what you have learned?


academic Vs. practical

Both LE and KBAM PMA require us to base on the case study of WaveRiders and act as a consultant to give improvement suggestions for the company.

I expect that I did not do very well in my LE because I was so confused to wrtie a practical paper with academic references.  But no worries, I think I have improved this time.  I am not sure whether this is because the difficulty is different or because I have learnt from the previous experience.  This time I found it is much easier to relate academic references to practical suggestions for WaveRiders.  I think one of the difficuties for last time is we were asked to base on one philosophy and i was a bit confused whether or not searching support from other researchers other than the one I chose.

Nevermind, both PMAs have finished.

I love the idea of using case study to learn.  Besides the PMA, we did practical presentation and simulate to present for a real business.  I did try to make everything real but so far, I dont know my result.  I mean I still cant imagine the gap between my presentations and the real ones as I have zero experience.  However, I did learn a lot from it and I believe I can do better as I am prepared.  One tips for the presentations and that is think of your audience.

Can KBAM be started from only one aspect of AM?

This is a question that suddenly came to my mind when I wrote about suggestions for future study in my PMA.

I have written a few pages about changing the corporate culture to enhance KBAM.  So, i asked this question because i thought when the culture has changed, the whole method of AM would be changed.  Thus, it is impossible to start kbam from only one aspect of AM.  Instead, the whole thing should be changed simultaneously.

However, it is difficult to change everything at one time without procedures.

so, it becomes a chicken or egg question.  is corporate culture lead to KBAM or KBAM change the corporate culture?

after all, i think the main focus of the PMA is letting us to understand how KBAM can be implemented in a practical way.  when a company starts to implement KBAM in a systematic way, the KM tools will be there to facilitate all the aspect of AM but not only one.

As AM exists as the business starts running, introduction of KBAM is a big change for the company.  And it would the time for me to apply my knowledge from MOC...

AM: health and safety

The aspect I have chosen for the PMA is health and safety.  Of course, this is a topic that I am interested in and that's why I choose this.  But one more reason for that is health and safety is a topic that cannot be ignored for every business.

Before researching in this topic, I thought it would be a challenge to write a PMA on this aspect as the scope is quite narrow especially for WaveRiders because most of the processes are done by hand.  However, I was wrong.  I have browsed a lot on the government website and many health and safety parties and realize that even for a SME like WaveRiders, there are tons of concerns in this topic!

health and safety is about paying attention to every small detail that might cause danger or harm to human.  it covers a lot because everything can be a risk if it is handled in a wrong way.

so, similar to CSR, though health and safety is regulated by law, voluntary effort is highly prefered.  not only the things listed in laws are needed to be considered.  as this is a serious topic that that relates to human lives, it is important for every company to investigate its own risks and take further actions to solve the problems.

again, it's a matter of awareness.  without the directions lead by law, we need to put efforts to see the big picture so as to remove risks.  this is a lesson that we have to learn about.

reflection on leadership after kbam

The most impressive thing that I have learnt after these few weeks is about the humanistic influenece in a business.  This thought might be a result of the PMA + OPP + MOC.

I remember when I did my LE module, I kept thinking which style of leadership suit me the best.  My conclusion was it should be flexible according to the situation.  Sometimes, when things are not going in the "ideal" path that allow me to go for the "ideal" management style, I thought we should be flexible to do the "wrong" things.  For example, there might be times that using authority is the best to manage a business.

However, my mind has changed a bit now.  Rooms for flexibility should still be available.  But now, I go for the side of putting human at the first place more.  I hope to be a leader that listens because I understand the feeling of people is closely related to performance.  OPP teaches us to pay attention to the socio-emotional factor.  After the PMA, I understand that even for managing health and safety, the input of employees affects a lot.

KM tool —> blog

One thing I like blogging is that we can translate our thoughts into words that can be shared.  This is the immediate thought that came to my mind when I read the comment from my friend.  She said that we shared similar feeling towards the MOC simulation and I did not realize it until I read the comment.  This is the power of blogging.  And this is also the power of this knowledge management tool.  let me divide the usage of this tool into stages of KM.

1st stage: knowledge generation and recording
Writing blogs helps me to covert my tacit knowledge into words that can be shared.  These thoughts can be recorded for later use.

2nd stage: knowledge sharing
This is a media for us to search for knowledge and exchange ideas.  Discussion are stimulated and continued to generate more knowledge.

3rd stage: applying knowledge
last but not least, apply knowledge in appropriate situations.  every situation is unique and it may worth to be recorded as a new knowledge.

Then, the cycle repeats.

KM tools can have their best effects when people are engaged.  Like the stimulus of writing this blog, I can feel I am understood by my friend only when she tell me through her comments.  sometimes, i did inspire by the blogs from the others but there is lack of motives to start the discussion.  i guess it might be the problem of the cultural thing.  but things cant be changed only when actions are taken... right?!

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