On the Shoulders of Giants

Describing the journey of writing my bachelor thesis.

Heuristic, or four years of studying in one single word.


Am I developing an Index, a Scale, a Ranking or a Rating? Getting lost. Getting completely lost in science and world of knowledge is a wonderfull thing (experience, process) and quite flow-promising. On the other hand investing one whole day (or 10 hours) for 0.5 pages and 3 citations is not that motivating. By reminding myself that the submission date is in 5 weeks already and projects such as AWF, WPM and management game are coming up make me bit dizzy. And there is also this decision about my future which needs some serious thinking. Which master to choose and which work-pensum i to negotiate with my employer. And once again this quote i found lately on wikipedia comes to my mind. (Sorry the german quote is better.)

Heuristik – bezeichnet die Kunst, mit begrenztem Wissen und wenig Zeit zu guten Lösungen zu kommen.

My post on twitter to this discovery was “Wow, four years of studying in one single word.”



Indices, Indexes, Indicators?

Indices: Hinweise
Indice: Hinweis, Indiz
To indicate: hinweisen, anzeigen

Indicator: Kennziffer, Kennzeichen, Blinker
From latin to point out.
Economic Indicator: Is a statistic used to determine the state of general xy activitiy (Britannica)
Economomic Indicator: is a statistic about economy. Include various indices, reports, summaries etc. (Wiki)

Rating: Bewertung, Einschätzung
Rating: evaluation or assessment of something, in terms of quality, quantity or combination of both. (Wiki)
Rating: of items assigns a numerical score to each item. A rating list, when sorted, creates a ranking list. (#Book)

Ranking: Klassifizierung
Ranking: is a relationship betweet a set of items, ranked higher/lower/equal than/to. (Wiki)
Ranking: of items is a rank-ordered list of the items. (#Book)

Ranking & Rating:
Sorting a rating list produces a ranking list. (#Book)

Ranking method: matrixanalysis or optimization,

Index: Verzeichnis, indizieren, indexieren

Scale: Masstab, messen
Scale social sciences: process of measuring or ordering entities (Wiki)
Rating scale: one of the oldest and most versatile of assessment techniques. rating scale present users with an item and ask them to select from a number of choices. Its similar to mult. choice test, but options represent degrees of a particular characteristic. (Britannica)

Measure: messen, abschätzen
Assess: bewerten, schätzen
Evaluate: bewerten, schätzen
Rate: schätzen, rechnen, klassifizieren

Degree: Mass, Stufe, Grad

Lost in science.

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been lost in research, journal papers, books, articles and reports and take this as advantage to describe my search strategy. Strategy #1: List of keywords. As there are many words for one thing, i’m keeping a list of all my keywords. Strategy #2: there are two approaches to find interesting sources: forward and backward citations.

Search strategy #1: list of keywords of main words “index” and “internationalisation”
index                         internationalisation
measuring                internationality, international
measure                    transnationality, transtanional
indices                       multinational
assessment               multidomestic
degree                        global company
rating                        born global

Search strategy #2: forward and backward citations
Forward: check bibliography of interesting paper /article for more sources.
Backward: check publications that cited your source (google scholar “cited reference search” or klick on “zitiert durch”)

Scientific flow at Freudenfels Castle.

I had the chance to accompany my husband while he was having a seminar at Schloss Freudenfels. An inspiring and wonderfully quiet place. Having a whole library to myself and being able to work and read with no interruptance for two whole days. Thats what I call luxury. Quite a contrast to overcrowded and narrow furnished public libraries.


Download Mendeley..

..and realize that I will still have to go with Good Reader (for iPad) because Mendeley App not allows highlighting.

But the Plugin for Windows is a great deal. So it’s worth it: http://www.mendeley.com

Finding THE book.

Today I’ve discovered this cool book:




Take a look: http://books.google.ch/books?id=4Q_akbxU5EQC&printsec=frontcover&hl=de#v=onepage&q&f=false


Though the autors didn’t mention ranking of entreprises (they wrote about sports rankings, google rankings, Human Development
Index of UN etc.) it seems like the topic of rating and measuring (everything in this world) is going to dominate the discussions of our future.

..and the idea of writing a book based on my bachelor thesis is born.

Meet the Prof.

Today I had the first review meeting with my lecturer Prof. Dr. Markus Prandini. I provided him with an overview of what I’ve done so far  and how I’m planning to proceed. Showed him the sources and also the OECD methodology guideline which I’m planning to adopt to my thesis http://www.oecd.org/std/clits/42495745.pdf Suggested some small amendment to the theory framework (ZHAW Model of Internationalization) he provided me with and he approved them. Given the extensive amount of scientific material and exisiting approaches, we have decided to completely focus the research of the thesis on the desk research and to go without the interviews with the SMEs. We’ve discussed that the SMEs can be taken in as a second step, big style survey would be recommendable here. I was delighted by that, because this gives me more time : ) to dive further into the science and provide my thesis with some profounded theory.

All in all he was extremly positive and lauded my work and my approach. Receiving such great feedback and knowing that I’m on the right way was more than motivating.

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