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May 08, 2013

KBAM: Environmental Management– Controlling System

What- In the environmental management, there are two main environmental technologies: controlling and preventing. This blog will talk about the controlling system. One of the method in the controlling system is End-of-Pipe Solution System. The strength is that it does not need to be designed in the product so any organisation can implement it in the existing process. It seeks to minimise the waste AFTER the the pollution created, and it is a cost effective manner.

Why- This is a very straightforward approach for a company that cares about the environment. The general process of this system is very clear. Although it may not be an effective system to collect and disposal waste for any types company, it is still a good starting point to the company's environmental management. It also gives a me a direction to think about how WaveRiders or my future company can deal with the waste and pollution.

How- I am thinking about how to apply this system into WaveRiders company. I understand that this system will need to be adjusted before implement it. Because I just start to study the End-of-Pipe Solution System, there are many questions in my mind that need to be answer by reading the Christie's book. It is too early to tell you that how can I apply it to WaveRiders Company thoughtfully. I will start to identify what possible wastes could be generated in each following stages: production process, pollution capture, disposal, product consumption and disposal. Moreover, it seems that this system could be only applied to the production process, and it ignores the water usage or electricity wates created by employees. Therefore, an additional approach need to be found out to help WaveRiders to achieve the Environmental friendly excellence.


April 30, 2013

Knowledge Management: situation awareness

What- It was a surprised to me that "situation awareness" is a very interesting topic to study and a big issue in our world. I did not realise that this topic could be turned into a workshop. The reason is most of the cases study are about people making serious mistake because of different kinds of reasons or excuses. It is very apparently to me that how easily they can avoid mistakes IF they can give themselves a little bit more time to think about the issue they were facing. The session was fruitful because it reorganised my knowledge of making decision.

Why- The most important thing to think about after the workshop is what I can do to avoid making the similar mistake if I am in that kind of situations. I have many experiences and learning point of lacking situation awareness, and I learn from the mistake to avoid making the same mistakes again and again. Lacking situation awareness exists in my daily life although it has not been a threatening factor. But if I now ignores the potential problem of "situation awareness", in the future it may damage my business or even my family.

How- There is no perfect solutions for such area of improvement. I think, for me, is to maintain a peaceful and calm mind. Since everyone is unique and different, I am not sure that it works for everyone. I find very very often that if my mind is "quite" and peaceful, I can spot and observe many many hidden things. I can think and establish the connections between the dots much more quickly than my mind is in flying. The example is I am sure very few people can read and really think about the content when they are running, playing, or even jumping on the ground. The underlying principle is to maintain focus, to reduce the distractions. And the bottom line is to control and master the mind of body.


KBAM: Environmental Management

What-Environmental management has a very important role in Asset Management. It is quite often related to Social Cooperate Responsibility. Why company invests time and financial resources in environmental management? One of the reasons is to create a environmentally sound image of the company, or it is to achieve sustainable growth by reducing cost of production. It is a win-win strategy for most of the company that cares about environmental management.

Why-Companies are run by people. And people are part of the nature and part of the big environment. I am very sure that a company can achieve very short term benefit but can not survive for a long time if it ignores the environmental factors. The cost of the ignorance could be huge. As Hutchinson and Hutchinson (1997) point out, being a environmental friendly has an opportunity to increase competitiveness. The idea of Environmental Management inspires and tells me to not forget the impact of environment, either positive or negative, a company can make.

How-Environmental management is certainly matter to an resturant. One of the key concern of most of the resturant in China is about reducing and recycling waste. Especially, if a resutrant is open in the resedential area, which is quite often the case in China, how to reduce the fog from cooking is important. In addition, I am thinking to design by myself or ask expert to design a water recycle system. I think the water for washing vegetables can be reused for flushing the toilets. There are many little things I can do to, and the most important thing is to share and increase the awareness of environment. Shorterism may be the main barriers and challenges.


April 17, 2013

KBAM – More Questions after Studying Asset Management


What- Asset Management is not only about managing fixed asset, for example, property, machines, chairs etc. I think Levitt (2005)'s definition on asset management really helps me to understand what asset can be defined, and this definition captures the core idea of what asset can be. The definition of asset is:

"Asset: may be a machine, a building or a system."

Therefore, according to Levitt (2005) asset could be a system. What kinds of this system could be then? It can be a system of health and safety management, a system of risk management and so on.

Why- The understanding of what asset really is gives me a total different thinking about asset management. This is so important because my old thinking on asset is only about tangible asset, and asset management is about how to manage the fixed asset. After I finish reading the lecture notes on Asset Management, I start to have a much broader understanding of what asset could be.

How- This learning point could be applied to our mini-project effectively. Our team should think about how does health and safety affect the WaveRiders, and how can they be managed more effectively? And of course, we shour first identify the areas of improvement of WaveRiders Company in health and safety. And think about why it is important? How can it be improved?

However, after reading the lecture notes on Asset Management, I come up with these questions:

1. After reading the content in Facility Management, I realise that most of the journals are talking about the benefits, advantages and positive of facility management. It is very interesting that they all tend to encourage facility management because it creates strategic advantages, competitive advantages etc (http://mood.wmg.warwick.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=2532). What are the downside of facility management? What are the disadvantages? And what are the barriers? Of course, the cost could be a main factor that may prevent the company from the implementation of facility management.

2. After reading the content from Moodle, I knwo that asset management is central to provide a good working environment and supportive of core business activities. But I am not sure how does asset management, or facility management, benefits the core bussiness activities? And what does core business activities mean?

3. Why EFQM model is the ultimate goal of working on Asset and Knowledge Management? How does EFQM link with Asset and Knowledge Management?

4. How about people in the organisation? Are they part of "asset"?


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