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Degree Completed

After three months since my submission, to conclude a nine month IT project and final module, the long-awaited final module results came through. The results not only complete a module but also, conclude four years of study toward an undergraduate degree. The mark on the final assignment would determine the final module result which, in turn, determines the classification of degree awarded to me – upper second class (2:1) or first class.

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Winter Wreath Part 1

I saw a few attractive Waitrose winter wreaths a couple of weeks back and decided to make one using, where possible, naturally scavanged materials. I’d wandered around a few places over the last forthnight but had not felt motivated to walk around with a shopping bag full of twigs. With a weekend staying in Godalming, I decided to go equipped on an afternoon walk with a friend

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Puttenham Walk

The last couple of nights I’ve seen a gorgeous moon and overheard that there is a ‘SuperMoon’ at the moment. This is where the moon is closer to the Earth and the net effect is that it appears 14% larger.  I love the moonlight (which is just ~sunlight) when it breaks through the clouds so I decided on some moon photography. We headed up to Puttenham Common to get away from the noise of the urban lighting

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Hardwick Hall (NT)

I grew up in Derbyshire before I left for University but it was only around my mid-twenties that I started to appreciate just how incredibly picturesque my home is. I must have driven past the brown signs directing visitors to Hardwick Hall thousands of times without thought of visiting. (Although my parents are convinced I had been before.) The recent gift of a National Trust membership, and having explored Surrey’s sites, motivated me to take a peek.

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Lightning

Tonight’s thunder and lightning is awesome. I haven’t heard thunder like this since South America, five years ago. I recorded the the thunder on a Zoom H2N mic. I deleted chunks of inactivity to shorten the sequence to three minutes in the open source Audacity (a free audio editor).

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How Complexity Theory can Enhance the Formation and Implementation of Strategy in an Organisation

This essay discusses the nature of complexity theory and how it may enhance the formation and implementation of strategy in an organisation. Authors such as Michael Porter or Sloan have shaped the established conventional (or Classical) approach to understanding strategy and the analyses here consider how complexity theory contrasts and, yet, complements the Classical perspective.

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Comparing the Rational and Political Models of Strategic Decision Making

Noorderhaven (1995) defines strategic decisions as those which concern “the goals of an organisation as well as the means to reach these goals”. These decisions are distinguished from the more routine day-day decisions of an organisation because they are often unprecedented and contribute to an organisation’s success: Strategic decisions require substantially more ‘effort’ than routine decisions.

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