Strategic Thinking

Universities are expected to keep up with the advances in different aspects of their society. The gap is constantly growing and changes are inevitable. Therefore, educational institutes are required to be equipped with new models and new thinking strategies to conform to the changes.  In order to be a strategic thinker one should be aware of influencing factors in such a dynamic system, find the extent to which each of them influence the system and generally have an overview of the interconnected network. It is important to note that these elements are interacting within a context. Therefore, it can be viewed two ways; individual-system interaction and system-society interaction. I want to point out to the scales that exist in the system and the diverse range of factors that should be considered. It is interesting how a comprehensive view is required to be a subtle observer and thinker. There is also another contributing parameter which is time dependency in these systems. In every step of thinking, it is necessary to have a view of future and be able to predict factors that may contribute to system evolution such as technology, societal and economic development. It implies a multi disciplinary and cross disciplinary knowledge to comply with different aspects of these dynamic systems.

Interviewing Subjects in Your Research

Being interviewed for a job, you are supposed to answer some questions and use your intuition to have active communication with the interviewer. This notion can be modeled in other tasks while one wants to get input and apply it for further direction. In this post, [] the same notion is used in research to increase the quality of data processing and output findings. It talks about how to adjust your perspective when you are interviewing inputs and want to implement them to get scientific outputs. Some of the tips are as follow:

  • Be comfortable with your questions

Ask your questions so that the subject is not lost with difficulties. You don’t have to be very formal but look at the basics instead of making the language difficult. Sometimes, topic is not easy for you and you have to bring it down to a fluent communication between you and your intuition. Of course, it is not a general rule and depends on the type of interview as it varies relatively. After you specify your questions and define their structure, you have to follow and probe them. This dynamic process will lead you to define answers at the end of the interview.

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses

If you are nervous, or not good at eye contact or the subject is harsh be ready to adjust yourself. You should bring this flexibility to yourself in order to have a successful interaction. In this way, a mutual understanding increases the quality of interview. It will help you face challenges during the time of interview. This factor determines the value and the extent to which you will discover facts.

  • Be an engaged listener

Being involved in the process brings increased interaction which help the subject approach you easier. You should engage yourself in the subject so that you will have an intuition inside yourself about what is going on.

  • Don’t interrupt unless you must

Let it go as interrupting the process is against the whole purpose of the interview. As it is going, let the subjects talk and share themselves with you. This way, different issues will grow and will implement their trace into the subject as it is proceeding.

  • The environment counts

Environmental factors can affect your interview, such as location. Recognize the location as is suitable for the type of subject to be introduced. Consider a so called safe zone as allow subjects come into you in a more natural process. Some subjects might be sensitive and easily affected by environmental factors. It is better to consider them at the beginning to make sure they don’t interfere during the interviewing process. Therefore, there should be some sort of compatibility between the environment and subjects to get the question across.

  • No double-barreled questions

Keep things simple. You don’t have to ask difficult questions. Don’t ask question with more than one answer as when you come up with the answer it is not clear which answer is to what question. Categorizing questions makes data processing and interpreting the results easier at any time.