Program: Organization Behavior
Cherishing the desire to fully realize my self-fulfillment, I have always hoped that my entire life consists of materializing a succession of aspirations and ideals. Whenever I formulate a major objective, I like to recite those lines “Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.” This attitude of life makes me always passionate about life; and even though I have to seek career development in a fiercely competitive environment, I can still perceive the beauty of life. I am convinced that the beauty of life unfolds only to those who truly love life and make persistent efforts toward constant personal development.
I completed my undergraduate education in the specialty of English and International Business at the School of International Business, XX University .As the most prestigious university of foreign languages, XX boasts of an unparalleled academic environment of foreign language teaching and foreign culture. The special emphasis of my undergraduate program on English language not only allowed me to master English as a tool of communication but also gain insights into the cultural, logical and mental dimensions behind the language itself. My natural endowments of strong perceptiveness and insightful understanding also led me to venture into the study of management, especially management psychology, organization behavior and management science. I trace this interest to the interdisciplinary nature of management and to the requirement posed to the student to grasp the interrelationship between different subjects. My undergraduate study covers a wide spectrum of areas, not only completing my major with outstanding performance, but also completing my minor in economics. In addition, I kept auditing courses related to business management at the most celebrated XX School of Management of XX University, courses such as organizational behavior, social psychology, management science (for graduates), marketing, microeconomics, and accounting. I am convinced that a wide-ranged academic background is most important for the formative stage of my academic pursuit.
In learning the management science, I underwent the process beginning with＂I don’t know that I don’t know”, through “I know that I don’t know” and I know what I want to know”, until finally “I know what I know and I know what I don’t know.” When studying the basic knowledge of management, e.g. Taylor’s Theory of Scientific Management, I was surprised to find that management as a scientific discipline was so closely connected with our daily life. As my study of management became more systematic and deep-going, I started to realize the erudition embodied in the entire framework of its knowledge and its requirement for both scientific and creative thinking. This awareness led me to venture beyond the realm of management itself into fields of economics and psychology. The books I have read in relation to those fields include Enterprise Theory and the Reform of Chinese Enterprises and Property Rights, Reputation and Government by Prof. XX, a leading economist on information and property rights, Theories of Transitional Development and Beyond Government by Prof. XX, a major Chinese economist, and Competition Study and Strategies of Competition by Porter. In developing a framework of general knowledge about management, I have also ferreted out the unexplored realms of study which I am interested in.
Among various subjects under the management science, I am most interested in organization behavior. In terms of research methodology, I am most interested in a psychological approach. This is because an organization is composed of people and the behavior of different individuals is governed by different but recognizable patterns. When different individuals within a group act and interact, they tend to exhibit group patterns (which will evolve into a culture, hence corporate culture and religion) and a regular intra-group individual pattern. It is absolutely a fascinating subject to study. Moreover, in modern economies in which labor capital plays an increasingly important role, the research findings in organization behavior will contribute immeasurably to the improvement of organizational efficiency and effectiveness, allowing the entire society to operate in perfect accordance with the classical principle championed by economics—the optimum allocation of resources. The organization behavior study is particularly relevant to the developing and transitional Chinese economy.