Friday night

Hey guys,

Friday night and I’m studying mathematics. Earlier today we finished a case in Logistics where we structured the most suitable distribution of warehouses based on different costs and other restraints such as warehouse sizes etc. It was pretty interesting and it’s obvious that you can do a lot of cool stuff with a ”simple” program like Excel.

Anyways, back to the math.

Have a nice weekend!

Edit: We sat in a computer room at campus and there where a lot of people around us sitting and doing some kind of programming assignment. Made me remember my days in Kista where i studied Computer and System Sciences. Maybe i’ll do some programming this weekend, perhaps update my movie database (I watch a lot of movies).

Edit 2: I just remembered this great song that i used to listen to a lot a couple of years ago. The title is speaking for itself :) .

Mos Def – Mathematics (Spotify)

The ”Not-updating-your-schedule” effect

Good morning!

Went up pretty early this morning (everything prior to 7am is really early in my world).
Went to school with a fresh and empty brain, ready to fill it with new information since today was the first lecture in the logistics course that i’m enrolled to. Said and done, i went to school. Once there, I noticed that there were only a total of approx. 3 students in the lecture. Hmm, and no teacher? Weird.

Turns out that the lecture doesn’t start until 10 am. So, here i am, sitting in the library. Fortunately one of the two other students was my nice colleague from Iran so i had someone to hang out with in school!

We went to the library (where we are currently sitting) and doing some last work on my indidual reflections in another course. Only 1 hour left until the lecture starts! ;) .

Then, after that, we’re having a meeting in another course (the case that i wrote about yesterday) and hopefully we will be more or less done with it today. I’ll get back to you guys on this later this evening.

Have a great day!

Reflections

Today has been a pretty lazy day, just wrote my individual reflection assignemnt in the course Perspective on Industrial Management. Have been falling back in love with Latex and Textmate. This was really nice after having to work with Word the last couple of months in school. Latex looks so much better.

Note to self: Use Latex more!

Tomorrow i will write my part of our third (and last) case in the course. More about that then!

New course: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Today the second period started and with that followed two new courses. Today I had the first lecture in a course named Operations and Supply Chain Management. It seems like an interesting course since it deal with different corporate strategies and how they are working together with supply chains. I’ve read the first two chapters of the book (course literature) and it seems pretty good. The book is written by Nigel Slack and looks like this:

My second course starts this Thursday. The course name is Logistics and Supply Chain Management and it deals with Logistics (duh!). More on this after Thursday.

I’m back!

Hey,

As you might have noticed, the updates on this blog has been anything but frequent lately. My new strategy is to try to update it continuously every day. I’m also aiming at giving you some more information on who I am, what i do and where i plan to go.

Case about IBM: continued

Remember the case about IBM that i posted last week?

Well, today i pretty much finished my part of our written report. I concentrated on key success factors for IBM and their successfull implementation. In my opinion, two of the critical success factors where:

  1. Involving the management in the change
    Involving and getting support from the senior executives at IBM helped in keeping the initiative active but also had an effect on the change of other parts of the business. This was a difficult task as IBM had traditionally been anti-union which created a strong resistance. Many executives were reluctant to the idea of letting the employees organize.
  2. The 5-minute drill
    One problem that IBM had was that executive managers would only nominate candidates (for managerial positions) within the own unit instead of across the whole company. This lead to discrimination where women and minorities where under-represented as potential manager-material. The five-minute drill made executives accountable for their choices regarding promotions. They would have to answer to why minorities and females weren’t chosen. He then asked the executives to come up with ideas on what had to be done in order for them to regard these excluded groups in the promotion-process.

These two different parts might seem like small but in the long-run, they made all the difference and helped IBM to really take advantage of it’s diverse workforce.

Something to think about:

People naturally will hire and promote people like themselves. Its just nature.”
-Black Manager, IBM