My research stay in Singapore – First impressions

Exciting news from my side. I will be in Singapore until end of September for a Research Stay at the Singapore Management University – School of Business – OBHR.

Luckily, I landed here exactly when the city-state was celebrating its National Day – marking 50 years of independence.

What a wonderful experience to be here for the Singapore Night Festival, watch the magnificent light projections on Singapore National Museum and listen to cool live performance from female artists Ruby Chen and Amanda Tee.

#SGNightFest

As I adapted to the new flavors of the food and enjoyed the refreshing lemongrass-flavored ice tea, I felt the warmth of the people surrounding me, smiling back at me, being friendly and helpful.

The taxi driver was nice, the parking person at the hotel was friendly and the receptionist was welcoming. Everything was easy to find, there were no complications. But just as a first impression, Singaporeans really enjoy queuing: I stood in line 3 times today, each time for at least 15 minutes. I have a feeling I have to get used to this, it’s gonna happen quite often.

Looking forward to this week, I have many meetings plan and I can’t wait to get to work!

P.S.: Another thing I noticed by watching TV is people’s fascination here with horror movies. Spirits, ghosts and the kinds make apparently for popular TV programs.

Why women talk less

One of the best Blog Posts I’ve read in a while

language: a feminist guide

This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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Halfway through

Almost half of the time for the PhD is gone.
My achievements so far include: one paper finished and presented at a conference and at the colloquim; organizing and presenting at 2 research seminars with renowned trust researchers and planning my data collection that I need to start and finish really soon. An additional success has been applying and getting accepted for a research stay in Singapore.
Goals for the next months:
– Applying and presenting at this AOM conference next year in August in CA
– Finishing my data collection, transcribing and analyzing the interviews and the case study about kick-off meetings
– Writing up these 2 papers
– Work over the summer at analyzing and writing up the longitudinal campus study paper
– Presenting again at the colloquim

So it seems it’s gonna be a great busy summer.
Loving it 🙂
My research topic is the best!

We are in this together

Half way through my PhD

These are my achievements so far:

1 paper submitted

2 international conferences in Copenhagen and Coventry

2 academic workshops with trust researchers

1 award as a research fellow in Singapore

 

Still to get done

data collection (15 interviews and case study)

2 more papers

1 international conference in the US

 

 

Romanian Ghosts: The Race to Save a Hauntingly Beautiful Photo Archive

Inspiration

TIME

Time has rendered these portraits virtual abstractions. Beyond the psychedelic swirls of their shrinking, pealing emulsion, next to nothing is known about the subjects of the photographs, and very little about the photographer who made them. The greater part of their allure comes not from the information revealed, but from what is obscured and denied to the viewer.

Costica Acsinte was a Romanian army photographer during World War I who, following his discharge, opened a small commercial studio in Slobozia, about 80 miles east of Bucharest. For two decades after the war, he was likely the only professional photographer in the county, and by the time of his death in 1984, he had built an archive of epic, anthropological scope containing upwards of 5,000 glass-plate negatives and several hundred prints.

“Anybody who needed a picture had to come to his studio,” says Cezar Popescu, the one-time lawyer-turned-photographer who for several…

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High vs. Low Impact-Factor Journals: What Difference Does It Make to Your Writing Style?

Academic Life

The impact factor, often abbreviated IF, is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in science and social science journals. It is was first devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), and is now frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones (Source: Wikipedia).

Publication in journals with a high impact factor is regarded as an indication of the quality of the research published and, by implication, the quality of its authors. Not  surprisingly, publishing in highly ranked journals is an aspiration for most scientists and often plays an important role in one’s own career prospects and progression. Yet, as more and more researchers aspire to publish in top rated journals, the competition gets tougher and the success rate…

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