Friday, May 31, 2013

EDS PhD Research Workshop - Manila July 2013

Invitation to the 3-Day Residential
EDS Professional Doctoral
Research Competency Workshop

… open to participants from countries in Asia

The EDS Residential Professional Doctoral Competency Program is a unique opportunity for DBA/PhD students and junior researchers to share knowledge, discuss a variety of topics, refine your research questions and shape your research proposal. In addition the workshops provide an excellent networking opportunity through all sorts of social events enabling future collaborations.

Date: Friday – Sunday, 19th to 21st July 2013
Venue: BSA Twin Towers Hotel, Manila, Philippines

The topic cover includes:

 • Introduction: Basic Choices in Research Design
 • Basic Choices in Research Design
 • Qualitative and Case Study Research
 • The Process of Quantitative Data Analysis
 • Guidance on Research Proposal
 • Findings and Discussion

This 3-day doctoral research program will provide a state of the art in business and entrepreneurship research and a practical overview of some research tools and methodologies that are used in the research domains of business administration, entrepreneurship, marketing and supply chain. An overview of different research methodologies and their respective advantages and disadvantages will be presented and discussed. Basic principles will be illustrated by discussing journal articles and work in progress. The workshop is designed as such that a maximum of 15 students can participate in order to enhance interaction and group learning.

Each of the participants will be able to identify how his/her research topic fits into the overall methodological scenery. More specifically, the students will have the opportunity to develop their topic and make informed methodological decisions through interaction with experienced academics and peers.

Note: Hands-on exercises will be given during seminar whenever is appropriate. 

EDS Certificate of Achievement in Doctoral Research Competency Workshop will be awarded upon completion of the 3 days training workshop.

Distinguished Faculty

Professor Dr. Premkumar 
BBA (Mel), MBA (UUM), PhD (USM) 

Professor Dr. Premkumar is one of the Asia’s leading Business Strategic and Supply Chain trainer and a renown Researcher with more than 18 years of hands-on-experience. He obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Supply Chain Management with University Science of Malaysia (USM).

Besides conducting trainings in San Jose, USA, Shanghai, France, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines and Vietnam, Dr. Premkumar has also travel to India, Indonesia, England and USA to present his latest research in the international conference. Among the topics he has presented was “Seminar On Leadership In Logistics & The Latest Trends In Supply Chain Management”, “Design Option for Sustainable Logistics System Management and e-Business” and “The determinants of Supply Chain Partnering”. His recent research on SCM was also published in Emerald World Library.

Currently, Professor Dr Premkumar is the President and Vice Chancellor of AIMST University in Kedah, Malaysia.

For further information and registration, please contact Dr Ben Lee at

Testimonial by Miss Cairang Lamao, EDS MBA student from Qinghai, China

“The valuable knowledge, skills, experiences and even the teaching methods are just a treasure for me and it improved my competencies in my current career and I can use the advanced management knowledge and skills in my teaching environment.”

Ms. Cairang Lamao giving a speech during the closing ceremony of the EDS International Residential Study session in Bangkok, Thailand on 25 October 2012

I feel great gratitude to EDS Business School for providing me such brilliant opportunity to enrich my knowledge, improved my skills and expand my horizon through being outside of my country and meeting many people from differences countries. For me, to accomplish abroad MBA degree while working in Qinghai, China is a life-time benefit. Subsequently, the valuable knowledge, skills, experiences and even the teaching methods are just a treasure for me and it improved my competencies in my current career and I can use the advanced management knowledge and skills in my teaching environment.

Ms. Cairang Lamao busy with the class activities.

More precisely, being as an English teacher, I could not only transfer the knowledge we gained from the facilitators but also can use the teaching methods and skills in my own teaching procedures. For example, in Professor Dr Karling’s class, she created many interesting class activities to transfer difficult concept through very simple warm-up games and group presentations. All I could say is that the lecture’s teaching methods, skills and group work discussion are very useful, unique and impressive. I often use her teaching skills and methods in my own classes everyday, and students love all the activities and they really enjoy the activities the most and it is very efficient and productive. Therefore, many of my colleagues are also trying to use the teaching methods after observing my classes.

Ms. Cairang Lamao actively participate in the management game.

 Moreover, all above mentioned are the newest concept and skills that make me feel more confident in my current job and even for my future adventure because I believe “teaching as an adventure” and so once we start, we’d never stop. Therefore, this MBA program with EDS is one of the greatest adventures that I have ever had.

Overall, again many thanks to EDS for helping me on the unexpected obstacles that I have encountered through the way and thank you very much for being so helpful.

All the best,

Ms. Cairang Lamao 
Qinghai, China
 April 21, 2013.

Ms. Cairang Lamao with Professor Dr Serafin Ngohayon, President of Ifugao State University, Philippines.

 Ms. Cairang Lamao with Professor Dr Karling, EDS Senior Faculty.

Ms. Cairang Lamao with fellow EDS MBA and PhD students during the Welcoming Dinner at King Park Avenue Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 21 October 2012.

Ms. Cairang Lamao with Professor Dr Premkumar, EDS Senior Research Professor. Dr Premkumar is also the President and Vice Chancellor of AIMST University in Kedah, Malaysia.


CHANGING LABOUR MARKET: Skills needed in the workplace are not taught in colleges

UNDERNEATH the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to nine per cent during the recession, there's been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America. Anyone who's been looking for a job knows what I mean. It is best summed up by the mantra from Harvard education expert Tony Wagner that the world doesn't care anymore what you know; all it cares "is what you can do with what you know".

And since jobs are evolving so quickly, with so many new tools, a bachelor's degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job, and, therefore, be hired. So, more employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants' skills. And they increasingly don't care how those skills were acquired: home schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale. They just want to know one thing: can you add value?

One of the best ways to understand the changing labour market is to talk to the co-founders of HireArt ( Eleonora Sharef, 27, a veteran of McKinsey; and Nick Sedlet, 28, a math whiz who left Goldman Sachs. Their start-up was designed to bridge the divide between job-seekers and job-creators.

"The market is broken on both sides," explained Sharef.

"Many applicants don't have the skills that employers are seeking, and don't know how to get them. But employers also have unrealistic expectations."

They're all "looking for purple unicorns: the perfect match. They don't want to train you, and they expect you to be overqualified".

In the new economy, "you have to prove yourself, and we're an avenue for candidates to do that."

"A degree document is no longer a proxy for the competency employers need."

Too many of the "skills you need in the workplace today are not being taught by colleges".

The way HireArt works, explained Sharef (who was my daughter's college roommate), is that clients -- from big companies, like Cisco, Safeway and Airbnb, to small family firms -- come with a job description and then HireArt designs online written and video tests relevant for that job. Then HireArt culls through the results and offers up the most promising applicants to the company, which chooses among them.

With 50,000 registered job-seekers on HireArt's platform, the company receives about 500 applicants per job opening, said Sharef, adding: "While it's great that the Internet allows people to apply to lots of jobs, it has led to some very unhealthy behaviour. Job-seekers tell me that they apply to as many as 500 jobs in four to five months without doing almost any research.

One candidate told me he had written a computer programme that allowed him to auto-apply to every single job on Craigslist in a certain city. Given that candidates don't self-select, recruiters think of résumés as "mostly spam", and their approach is to "wade through the mess" to find the treasures. Of these, only one person gets hired -- one out of 500 -- so the "success rate" is very low for us and for our candidates."

How are people tested? HireArt asks candidates to do tasks that mimic the work they would do on the job. If it is for a web analytics job, HireArt might ask: "You are hired as the marketing manager at an e-commerce company and asked to set up a Web site analytics system. What are the key performance indicators you would measure? How would you measure them?"

Or, if you want to be a social media manager, said Sharef, "you will have to demonstrate familiarity with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, HTML, On-Page SEO and Key Word Analysis". Sample question: "Kanye West just released a new fashion collection. You can see it here. Imagine you had to write a tweet promoting this collection. What would your tweet be?" Someone applying for a sales job would have to record a sales pitch over video.

Added Sharef: "What surprises me most about people's skills is how poor their writing and grammar are, even for college graduates. If we can't get the basics right, there is a real problem." Still, she added, HireArt saw many talented people who were just "confused about what jobs they are qualified for, what jobs are out there and where they fit in".

So what does she advise? Sharef pointed to one applicant, a Detroit woman who had worked as a cashier at Borders. She realised that that had no future, so she taught herself Excel.

"We gave her a very rigorous test, and she outscored people who had gone to Stanford and Harvard. She ended up as a top applicant for a job that, on paper, she was completely unqualified for."

People get rejected for jobs for two main reasons, said Sharef. One, "you're not showing the employer how you will help them add value," and, two, "you don't know what you want, and it comes through because you have not learned the skills that are needed".

The most successful job candidates, she added, are "inventors and solution-finders", who are relentlessly "entrepreneurial" because they understand that many employers today don't care about your resume, degree or how you got your knowledge, but only what you can do and what you can continuously reinvent yourself to do. NYT


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Call for Papers

Ifugao State University          EDS Business School




July 19, 2013
Call for papers



       The International conference in management and education: trends and issues, aims to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends and issues in higher education management (in four themes- technology in education, educational reforms, globalization and education, and environment) is presented and discussed. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit papers that offer theoretical contributions of research results. Presentations should be in English and should address both theoretical issues and research findings. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section.

       The International conference in management and education: trends and issues is initiated and supported by the Ifugao State University, the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colelges in collaboration with the EDS Business School, and will take place on July 19, 2013, at the BSA Twin Towers Hotel, Ortigas, Manila. All full paper presentations will be published in an online proceedings book at the

       We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians, teachers and professionals.

Abstract: __________________June 20, 2013
Full Article Deadline: _________July 01, 2013
Confirmation of Registration: ___July 01, 2013

Registration fees for each paper-: USD 300
Registration fees for audience---: USD 50
- To cover snacks, lunch, conference kits and materials.

Great Dissetatio​n Propoisal Video

PhD students must watch this video.

Dr Candace Schaefer explains the strategies for preparing a successful dissertation proposal.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Testimonial by Prof Dr Daphne M. Tequillo-Mallari, EDS/Akamai PhD in Management in 2012


By Daphne M. Tequillo-Mallari
(PhD Management, 2012)

My enrollment at EDS Business School (EDS) started more on curiosity than on knowledge building. Being a Certified Public Accountant whose inclination is on the practicalities of life, I tend to look more on providing solutions to problems rather than on building theories. Thus, similar to people from my profession, getting a higher education is least on my priority list.

My stay at EDS, however, expanded my paradigm. EDS has designed a curriculum in small packages consisting of workable theories that are easy to assimilate, highly practical and mentally stimulating. Designed for executives and professionals, the program may be completed in a year or two depending on the amount of effort and concentration one is willing to give.

This curriculum format is a welcome change from those of us who have been used to the more traditional educational system but it does not end there. The most outstanding feature of EDS is its ability to institute intervention to make a positive difference.

The diploma I received from Akamai University through EDS helped me to believe in my ability and emboldens me to seek new avenues to share my talents with. EDS helped me realize that a diploma is not just a certificate of completion but rather a commitment to contribute an idea, an effort and an action for positive change. I am now connected with the University Research Office of Palawan State University and I have experienced personal and career fulfillment knowing that I am spreading my wings simultaneously learning, sharing and contributing to my university in a new way.

This for me is what EDS stands for.

Professor Dr Daphne M. Tequillo-Mallari
Deputy Research Director
Palawan State University