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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the late post! I meant to write to you all a week ago but got caught up having fun at home, in New Delhi, India! 🙂

Well, let me warn you, from experience, the winter break is super hectic – with balancing family, friends and revisions!

But never mind that, I am sure we will all find our own way of doing it right.

I just want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year – may 2013 bring you all your desires and more <3

And to sum it up, the Avanti-way:

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” – Hal Borland

Merry Christmas from Amsterdam!

Hi all,

Just a short post to wish you all a happy Christmas from Amsterdam. I hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas eve; unfortunately, we had no snow here on Christmas eve, just rain.. Anyway, if you are applying for Imperial, be prepared that your Christmas break will be filled with studying. Seriously. Studying is what you will do during your break. Of course you’ll have (to make) time to meet up with some friends and see your family etcetera, but don’t expect to be chilling next to the Christmas tree and not think of your course work at all, haha!

The experiment has begun …

I can hardly believe it but the 10 incredibly busy weeks which constituted our first term at Imperial are actually over! Yet, that doesn’t imply that the busy weeks are over, too! On the contrary – I am not yet sure which part will prove to be busier: the 10 weeks during term ot the 3 weeks after –  until our exams at the beginning of January! Which just leaves me with one question: how much can one possibly read (and memorise) in three weeks time? Our core readings (not to mention the additional readings) in conjunction with the extensive lecture slides exceed everything I’ve experienced before – at least within such a narrow timeframe.

The Ten Commandments of Group Work

(Scroll half-way down the page if you’re here for the serious stuff)

1. Thou shall upload numerous photos of your group ‘working hard’ into the early hours to Facebook, evidently the most productive use of thy time.

2. Thou shall draw obscene images of male genitalia on your group member’s iPad during particularly fruitless brainstorming sessions. Thou shall do this often and it shall never cease to amuse thou.

3. Thou shall post infinitely affectionate and enthusiastic comments on assessed discussion forums, with generous use of emoticons that reflect the exact opposite of what thou are in fact feeling.

4.

Have a say in the SSC

I think it’s time for another quick update on what is currently going on in the Business School! At the moment, everbody is busy finalising the last two group assignments for this term which are due next week. I will give you an update on the tasks and results by next week, as I’d like to address another interesting topic today: the SSC.

Team Video Attempt 2.0!

It’s fixed!!! My incompetencies led me to posting a title. I know. I’m sorry! It’s the real deal this time though!!

Here’s the video produced by Six and the City for OB-HRM. The objective of the film was to teach at least one cross-cultural difference in a 5 min film

We won third place for most popular video. Check it out!

httpv://youtu.be/wQPA-AOJsGU

 

Unfortunately,

this was our prize:

…a box of “Quality” chocolates that we found… really hard to digest…

but we were determined to eat them all so we rationed the “chocolates” out over three meetings and forced each other to be diligent about eating our fair share!

Visiting Synergy Health

When you arrive at Imperial College, you will immediately notice that there is much more to do than just follow lectures related to your studies. There are many social events, but also a wide range of formal events. The Imperial College Business School organises, for example, employer events on weeknights during which various companies give talks on their company or business they are involved in or on topics related to their business/company. For students of the Business School this is a great opportunity to gain more insight in the business world and to learn a bit more about possible future employers.

Descriptions about the courses we had

Hello~ Very welcome to my blog. This time I will share more information about the two courses we finished, “Business Economics” and “Economics and Strategy for Innovation”.

For Business Economics, it is a fundamental course which introduces elementary economic concepts such as marginal costs, sunk costs, game theory, and elasticities. Besides the PPT slides uploaded for each lecture, our professor also prepared a 100-page note so as to help students who did not have much economics-related knowledge before. In addition, there were also three tutorials focusing on problem solving in order to assist students in preparing for the final examination. Although I did not major in Economics for my bachelor degree, I could still find that the contents covered in the lectures and notes were comprehensive and not very difficult.

Applying mgmt to life in gens!

This post of mine won’t give you immense insight into my day-to-day life at the Business school but will give you a glimpse into the amazingly awesome education that we receive on the International Health Management course at Imperial College Business School. Here are the top three pieces of wisdom from the modules:

Accounting:

  • The Rule of One: Some things, cannot be reduced below one… deal with it!
  • The Will Sutton Rule: Will Sutton was a bank robber and during his forty-year criminal career he stole an estimated $2 million and eventually spent more than half of his adult life in prison.

Mobile trends from Microsoft

I promised in my previous post to write a short summary about mobile trends from our guest speaker lecture and here it is! Just to remind, the speaker was Dr. Alexandros Papaspyridis, Windows Phone Partner Lead, Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe.

So, in 2011 smartphones outsold PCs for the first time (700M smartphones in 2012). Smartphone became leading consumer device. The main reason is way of using electronic gadgets. Laptop we usually use at work or at our desks; tablet is couch companion for content consumption, mainly entertainment. Meanwhile smartphone is always with you and it’s so-called on-the-go consumption (waiting in line/bus, eating, shopping, travelling, socializing).