Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Theoretical Vs Practical

These days I have been busied studying a topic about "organizational knowing" which I need to present with my group next week. There were so many theoretical words: embedded, enacted, tacit knowledge, epistemology. In quite some part of the courses we need to read articles like this. I found it painful and meaningless. The researches like to use big words and I was so confused after reading. It always request repeat reading just to understand a point. Why can't they just use very simple words to express what they want to say? Sometimes after reading an article I didn't feel like learning anything.

On the other hand, we have professors from the different companies who give classes about very practical information, such as ERP system, how to implement SAP in a company, how to conduct a project, how to apply Business Intelligence in a company. They share their experiences and tell us what's happening in the current IT industry. I found it a lot useful, and none of them actually talk about those theories we had to learn. These professors always challenge us in a very practical way. It was very interactive, and most of the time we manage to come out with some ideas, but at the end they would give us some perspective in real life business which we missed or would have never guessed. At the end of the class I always feel that I learn a lot.

Real life professor, who has first hand experience in the field we are studying, bring a lot of values to the course. At least this is what I think. How about you?


  1. Anonymous1:32 PM

    Hey! Well, I find all of this strange...from the previous post, I mean, not this one. Given the experiences I've heard of American grad students completing their studies here in France (Paris). Granted, I've only spoken in depth with three, but all three of shared the same stories of the unapproachable French professor...maybe it was just them. *S*

    By the by...I was doing some research this morning for an organization that I just joined (for multi-media designers) and it lead me to another website, where I spotted an article. I immediately thought about your blog, since you're in a proj. mgr program. I hope it's helpful...I didn't read the article yet, I wanted to send it before I forgot! :o)


  2. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Hi Bee Ean, happened to pop into Rita Ho's page and saw your comment re her tribute to Uncle Lee.
    A blogger has traced his 'Moonlight and Roses' cache and you can find him there.

  3. Anonymous3:42 AM

    I love listening to live experience from practitioners rather than listening to pure theory. Boring!

  4. Anonymous2:54 AM

    I agreed with you too. During my degree studied, my lecturers were those tutors studying master. I totally blurr on what they were teaching..

    BUT after working, now I only realise that how to link my work with my study last time..

    Experiences really important to bring proper knowledge to students

  5. eclat thanks for the article, it was very interesting, I actually don't really know what is the job of a project manager, most of the things we learn now are more about ICT and business + IT management.

  6. Practise what you Preach!