Friday, October 20, 2017

More Systems Thinking is Needed in Today's Global World

The Flat Earth-An example of early Systems Thinking
Systems thinking is becoming an increasingly important part of managing larger international firms. From supply chain management all the way down to the marketing and design of products systems thinking offers a set of skills that American business professionals will need to learn. The availability of this skill among managers will make a difference in the ability of companies to function at their best across large global networks.

Systems thinking is a conception of the whole by understanding each of its parts. While we may understand these parts individually a person who has a systems thinking mentality can also see how the parts created something more. A "sum is more than its parts" mentality.

It is often seen as the ability to be in three different perceptions at once and apply systemological concepts in everyday life (Lobanove, 2009). The person can break down and put back together complex systems through appropriate analysis.

How does systems thinking apply in the workplace?

Think of the international supply chain and how each of the manufacturing components work together. From a systems thinking aspect people who can understand these complex chains are able to produce real value through management decisions that leads to better outcomes. (Seong-Am & Dong-Jin, 2005).

To be true masters of systems thinking we shouldn't just see and analyze components but also be able to think beyond these components to possibility. This isn't possible unless we have mastered the ability to "see" the systems from a "birds eye" view. 

Improving on the system will require thinking shifts that allow for more flexibility (Pathak, 2005). We must see beyond the system to higher levels of performance and influence.

Systems thinking is about understanding complex global systems that will be needed to keep American businesses moving forward. Business professionals should be able to move beyond understanding and creating efficiency within the system to redesigning aspects of the system to achieve higher levels of performance. With consistent improvement our business managers can improve corporate global performance and reach.

Pathak, R. (2005). Thinking shift of organizational excellence. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 6 (3/4).

Seong-AM, M. & Dong-Jin, K. (2005). Systems thinking ability for supply chain management. An International Journal, 10 (5). 

Lobanove, A. (2009). Systems thinking manager. Scientific Technical Informtion Processing, 36 (3).

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Detroit Provides an Example of Economic Marketing with Their Move Here, Move the World Video

Detroit provides a marketing method that leads to greater city and state pride as well as appeals to the fun loving Millenials that like to balance work, fun, and their social networks to create a lifestyle. Cities and states can also market their locations for potential business and investment but also to attract people with skills. Higher education and incomes often means higher tax revenue and opportunities.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Education Increases Novel Learning Throughout Our Lives

Our brains are amazing muscles that continually learn and get faster and more accurate with repeated practice. Attending school and obtaining higher education has long-lasting impact on our incomes and our minds. Now according to new research it also impacts our cognitive abilities in a way that increases our novel learning.

According to a resent study the more we learn, the more our novel learning goes up (Buerra-Carrillo, Katovich, Bunge, S. (2017). Novel learning is something we don't already know but can understand and provide some type of solution. People with higher education have an advantage over others when it comes to learning.

Think of when you have a business problem. There may not be a perfect previous solution out there as the problem is unique and needs to be worked out in a novel way. Your novel learning abilities create higher levels of ability to solve problems.

While the study showed that this effect was consistent across different ages. While the advantages on each task are significant the overall advantage over one's life would be huge. Each small decision creates compounded benefits over time.

If your reasoning and cognitive processing abilities rise then you are likely to be able to make better decisions at work and understand things better than others. This helps you earn more money and achieve more of your goals.

While no one can definitively tell you what programs to go into and how long you should study they can say that the process of studying does actually train the brain to do better. The benefits of higher education moves beyond the collection of useless facts and into stronger ability to do something with new knowledge.

Guerra-Carriolo, B. Katovich, K. & Bunge, S. (2017). Does higher education hone cognitive functioning and learning efficacy? Findings from a large and diverse...PLos One, 12 (8).

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Business, Management and Economics Research Journal Submission

Business, Management and Economics Research

Dear Scholar

Hope, you will be fine. You are cordially invited to submit manuscripts to the coming issues of the journal(Business, Management and Economics Research).  The journal is fully open access, peer reviewed, published every month and accepts papers globally. You may see journal's website here.  
Manuscripts are reviewed and published on time. Hard copies are also published.
Submissions are made by email to the editor at or and online submission.

Will Working Out Too Much Kill You? Study Says Yes!

Working out too much and being in perfect shape could kill you according to a scientific study from the University of Illinois.

The study found that for White men that worked out more than 450 hours a week (60+ minutes a day) their risk for increasing the risk of build up of plague in the heart arteries by 86%.

Those who worked out consistently for decades, since say 18 were 26% more likely to have coronary artery calcification (CAC).

CAC increase additional risks associated with heart failure and other cardiovascular deaths.

What we learn from the study is that working out too much can impact your health over a long period of time. The body doesn't seem to be designed for such sustain pressure and stress that is needed for growth. Instead of working out a few hours a day we may want to adjust our eating to augment the lost time and keep workouts around 1 hour a day for 7 days or 2 hours each session at 3 sessions per week.