Usain Bolt Headlining the Penn Relays!!!

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The Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt is expected to draw record crowds as he competes in this year’s Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.  Bolt will be racing in the 4 x 100 meter relay as part of  the USA vs. The World series of events this Saturday evening (April 24) at 2:50 pm.  It’s hard to imagine that this years attendance is expected to well exceed the 104,000 athletes and spectators that historically attend over the three-day period, but that is just what Bolt’s world record speed has done for the sport. In addition, the USA vs. The World races will be televised on ESPN2 Saturday night from 8-10pm.   Continue reading

Leadership for Dummies!

I am the type of person that, whilst reading a book, I underline the quotes, statements and passages that I find particularly fascinating and interesting.  As I prepared to write this blog I skimmed through the portion of The Smartest Guys in the Room that I have read to date and glanced at all of the phrases that I had underlined over the past few weeks. I instantly noticed a trend. Everything that was underlined had to do with the PEOPLE. I am intrigued by Lay, Skilling, Kinder and all of the other actors. More specifically, the underlined material is focused on the personalities of these individuals as leaders in their various departments and divisions. They all assume very different and unique leadership styles.

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YouTube: Not Just Videos

YouTube has become an amazingly popular way to express yourself, market, get in touch with music and culture, or to simply procrastinate by watching comical videos.  This online media database caught on like wildfire since being bought out by Google for $1.65 billion just a year after being created by a couple of young entrepeneurs.  The YouTube Reader is a collection of articles by renowned media scholars that talk about the industry, cultures, potentials, and problems behind YouTube. Continue reading

Latin American Wonders and Problems

As a Latin American person, Modern Latin America was a book that instantly caught my eye.  This book offers a picture of Latin American society, not just random facts. The authors, Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter H. Smith, and James N. Green did a superb job in tracing back patterns and trends to understand the complexities and variations in Latin American countries and their possible futures. A part from devoting various chapters to all countries in the region, the authors talk about politics and policy, economic growth, and social change. Continue reading

Family Life After the Great Depression vs. Family Life Today

For my post I read and analyzed an economic sociology blog entitled “A Few More Thoughts on Culture, Consumption and Frugality” that was posted by an author identified as Brooke. I found this article very interesting because it compared and contrasted life after the Great Depression to life today from an organizational perspective. Brooke begins by detailing what family life was like in the 1930’s after the stock market crash. Families placed significant effort towards not only reducing consumption, but towards effectively using what resources they DID have to survive and progress in life. For example, families relied on their own means, both materially and physically, to make their own clothing and food. They raised chickens in the back yard and mastered the arts of sewing and hemming.  The parental figures in the family unit headed these operations while they encouraged their children to attend school for the hope that they would grow up and have a better life than what they did at the time. As a result, the parents became very good at doing a variety of things.

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Analysis of Organizational Culture vs. National Culture: The Globalization of McDonald’s

I looked at a post from the OT 2009 class titled Organizational Culture vs. National Culture: The Globalization of McDonald’s.  Before even reading the post, the title gave me an idea of what the post’s theme is, but just enough to make the reader interested.  The title entices the reader by showing a conflict between two ideas, neither of which the reader might recognize, but the author uses McDonalds as a familiar common ground.  The reader might not know about organizational or national culture, but everyone knows McDonalds.

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