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Prompt 6-Finding an Organization for Paper 2

The BC (Ashley, Mary, Aylin, and Jordi) decided to use this week to make progress on paper 2.

This week is somewhat similar to last week in the sense you will investigate a particular organization.  You should focus on one that is a likely or definite candidate for your paper 2 focus.

This can be an organization we studied this semester, one you profiled last week, or a new one.  Your organization can be any business, civil society/NGO, or governmental organization.  If you have an interesting case you want to examine, for example the B-lab group promoting B Corps laws, or OPEC, or the Business Council on Climate Change just to name some perhaps less obvious ones.

You should focus on two kinds of “M&Ms” sources for this.  one can be the organization’s own documents.  The other can be from news sources or from other independent, watchdog, or activist groups.

Some leads for sources.

1) The Library’s research by subject page, especially the company information or think tank tabs on the left.

2) The HUB’s news/blog resources or

3) My own Jordi’s collections of webpages, library books, and other goodies.

Featured image: Peanut M&Ms.  The best.  When I was a kid, there were no reds…

Do Great Places to Work Do Great Things?- Blog 6

The idea here is to follow Fran Hawthorne‘s lead in Ethical Chic and check if places we want to associate with, corporations with admirable qualities that we want to associate with, are as great across the board as they are at being good to work for.  (Think: most of us thought it would be good to work for an organization that strives for Kantian practices… those kinds of organizations).

See what you can learn about how well they are ethical and ethically chic? Continue reading Do Great Places to Work Do Great Things?- Blog 6

I Just Want to Fit In: Establishing Points of Entry in Ethnographic Research

I attended the Action Research panel about entering into different groups and communities for research. The speakers included Professor Kim of the Engineering Department, Professor Searles of the Sociology and Anthropology Departments, and Professor Orsborn from the MIDE program in the School of Management.

It was interesting to hear how ethnographic research can be so fundamental to the success of projects across so many varying fields.   It was interesting to hear how noting that a Guatemalan put their new glasses directly in the pocket and continued driving heavy machinery was the observation that made the necessity of fashion apparent. Although I had had the opportunity to see how clients don’t always say what they mean in some of Professor Orsborn’s classes, Professor Searles’s example of the students observing a contradiction to a porn shop manager’s impression that most of her customers are women was still surprising and emphasized the necessity of such investigations.

Continue reading I Just Want to Fit In: Establishing Points of Entry in Ethnographic Research