This week, your assignment is to re-read the McAfee article based on:
- Steps, where we consider what we are looking for: how managers and researchers think in complex, sophisticated terms
- Outlining, where we develop a note-taking and writing framework supporting this complexity and sophistication
Follow and report on your findings for each of these four methods in turn and where you keep in mind, and specify, what you have learned from Steps and find in McAfee
- Skim the article for its overall shape and meaning, follow your intuition, note overall impressions: this should provide you with an orientation, a starting point
- Scan the article for its major sections, and in the margins write a keyword characterizing each, and where you map what the article appears to offer so that you can pick and choose what to look (and especially, choose not to study and so saving you a lot of time
- Identity your purpose Using the Steps as a guide, look for what kinds of arguments McAfee and find here a model for how you might, in your term paper and MA thesis, better proceed
- Identify your personal/professional interest, where you find one topic, issue, technology, or something that you would like to know more about, and discuss what they say and what you think and in a way that you will find interesting and fun
Outlining in MS Word
The purpose of using the Outline View is to help us structure our note-taking, drafting, and writing to the end of managing complexity and achieving sophistication in reading, thought, and expression
- To get started: copy the “# CEEBS Template” you will find on our Dropbox to a BizApps folder you create on your hard drive, then copy that for each of the weekly assignments
- Outlining Checklist. This page lists the 12 methods I have found most helpful for the writing of notes and term papers and in a style I think you will find helpful to start; practice these 12 methods, take careful notes of them and their shortcuts, until you learn to use them automatically
- Outlining and Portfolios offers additional advice on homework and the portfolios you will create, week-by-week, this semester; if you take a few minutes now to review these notes I think you will better understand why and how we do this work in this way
- To start, copy the “# CEEBS Template” to your hard drive and save this copy as your original file for all subsequent homework: if you use this original file, then combining your weekly files will be easy (the underlying styles and other codes will then be consistent).
- Then, in Outline View, set the date in Heading 1, each of the three major homework sections in Heading 2, reserve Heading 3 for any sub-heads, set your discussion in Heading 4, put quotes and illustrations in Heading 5, and your citations in Heading 6.
- What you enter for each assignment is basically up to you (but keep Steps in mind, because we are after your taking meaningful notes for you and for our class discussion: this is not about your simply filling-in-the-blank, but your exploiting this opportunity to note, reflect, and report on your learning.
Review Outlining and Portfolios
There are many pieces to this puzzle, pay attention this week especially to:
- “Firstname, Date” for your filenames, so they sort in Dropbox
- “Firstname, Date” put in your header, with “ — Page#” as well, for consistency
- Using Dropbox, so you might avoid deleting anyone else’s files in this shared folder