Ethnographic research

Dr. James Spradley’s work was highly influential to my understanding of original research. And his many books, including Ethnographic Interview, were very instrumental generally in creating a methodology for understanding a culture.  Ethnographic research is a technique used to learn about people in a specific environment. It is more in-depth than observational research or interviews …

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Corporate character

Professor Alan Wilkins published a book called Developing Corporate Character: How to Successfully Change an Organization Without Destroying it.  In it he asserts that organizations with strong character more easily: Develop new skills Achieve successful futures Wilkins argues that an organization that doesn’t have strong corporate character, may sacrifices values or strengths to achieve short-term …

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Culture

I grew up in Japan, where I graduated from a private high school. I served as a volunteer representative in Hong Kong for two years. I learned to speak a fair amount of Japanese and Chinese. But perhaps just as meaningful as learning the language, was learning meanings represented by what people say or do. …

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