I see the Open University as…

This activity was part of my course,  ‘An Introduction to Business Studies’ (B120), for the study skill requirement back in 2007, regarding communicating with ICT and I posted the below message to our online Tutorial group, as we had to apply certain concepts, because “…effective Managers and professionals in all walks of life have to become skilled in the art of ‘reading’ the situations they are attempting to organise or manage…” (Morgan, 1997) so, the one I chose was :

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Viewing the Open University as a ‘psychic prison’ because….from the perspective of the student its “…conventional in the ways of organising work…” ie. course materials, “…and thinking about the best way to do it can limit change and ou-studentthe adoption of alternative business strategies…” ie. the printing costs and its environmental impact in the amount of books required per student would be an expense which could be reduced. 

Therefore, “..looking at the business in these terms encourages us [the student] to dig beneath the surface and try to see some of the restrictions, real or otherwise, that might affect the business and its ability to operate successfully…” by using the eTMA system and finishing the course, due to the fact that we, the students, would already [have] dug deeper thinking what to write on each Tutor Marked Assignment [TMA]; waking up thinking of the TMA; and once sent, still thinking of the TMA and its return, then there’s the next TMA deadline to meet….committed for six months [or more], must serve the time, no early release.

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Thereat, I thought I’d mark this first blog ‘occasion’ with this above contribution, to remind myself of what it all entails, which is all hard bloody work!! But I’m not complaining, just expressing my need to convey an Open University Student’s particular viewpoint on OU LIFE, so far…that is…when is the parole date due? You may well ask. Answer: on graduation.

REFERENCE
Book 1: What is business? Session 1, section 1.3 Morgan’s Metaphors, B120 An Introduction to Business Studies, The Open University, p.13.
Gareth Morgan, (1997), Part 1: An Overview, Introduction: Morgan’s Metaphors, Images of Organization, Published by Sage Publications Inc, ISBN: 0761906347, p.3.
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