about

I started this blog as an undergraduate student at The Open University. The OU is the largest distance university in Europe, its headquarter is located in Milton Keynes, about 55miles/80 km up north of London, although students can be anywhere in the world. I used to sit my first exams in the British Institute in Berlin, Germany, telephone tutorials and marking of essays were provided by associate lecturers in the Netherlands and in England. In post-graduate studies most tutoring takes place online, with the convenience of late night submissions on cut-off days and a vast online library, either feature hard to beat – and likely to be the future of higher education on a more global level.

In 2005 I moved from Berlin to London where I finished my undergraduate degree and was awarded a BSc (First Class Honours), and in 2010 an MA in the Social Sciences. My German professional qualifications include auditing and quality management, I have worked within inter/-governmental and academic/research-related organisations as well as the financial sector in Germany and the UK.

I am a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).

3 responses to “about”

  1. jayprich says :

    I consider myself pretty digital having grown up from 14yrs with Bulletin Boards, computer magasines and before that hobbyist electronics. I’d say most such enthusiasts while being early adopters are sceptical and cautious because they are alert to the pitfalls. If people coming late in life to the online world are more sceptical and have established social capital to lose, so be it. I’d imagine the biggest difference between corporate and academic worlds are: available time to explore things and the degree of openess permitted.

  2. britbohlinger says :

    ‘Digital native’ is a controversial concept that denotes a person grown up with digital technology. People coming late/r in life to the online worlds may, in contrast to the younger ones, bring a lot more critical thinking to the field. Potentially an asset that should not present a barrier to exploring, I would argue.

    To me, the difference between corporate/academic worlds is less binary than often assumed. I have seen universities from within that were highly hierarchy-driven and marked by a substantial level of uncertainty – resulting in lack of curiosity and a level of openess at the bottom of the scale compared to peer organisations. As in the corporate world, those in charge of leadership and presenting rolemodels send strong signals and make the pace in many regards. Corporate organisations such as SONY demonstrated in the late 1980s and early 1990s how much creative potential can be developed if only the right conditions and environments are being provided . The amount of play harnessed for profit-making purposes was remarkable, the original Walkman will remain an impressive narrative of success.

    I tend to believe that the power of corporate unconsciousness and what develops over the years as ‘corporate mentality’ are key to understanding why organisations and their members thrive or not. Why they attract certain personas and not others. After all, trust, anger – and underlying fear – peer pressure and reward mechanisms inform the internal politics and members’ practices much more than official documents may indicate. Yet, as these aspects are so very hard to quantify they are among the most neglected parameters in contemporary business models – and hence, they remain among the most underestimated ones.

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