Assignment 2, Dr. Chalong.
As I begin to focus on a personal area of research, I’m interested in the nature of International Organizations, those organizations that are non-commerce that deal mainly with Education, Development programs, and International relations. Since living in Thailand I’ve been involved with ‘International’ organizations, and four initial questions are of concern:
- What actually defines an International Organization?
- How can International Organizations be developed?
- How can Organizations transform from local to International?
- How do International Organizations affect the local socio-cultural milieu?
These questions are predominately concerned with Systems, Economics, Psychology and Ethics. In the following assignment I will explain.
An initial approach to analyzing an International Organization can be done viewing it as a system. In the case of an International Organization, the significance of being International is vital to its existence, suggesting that its system be International, but what is an International System; does it have a particular purpose, structure, design, or process?
Over time, will an International Organization become more International or more Local?
One then might be concerned, can a local organization have a local system and be able to function as an International Organization?
What are the parts of an International Organizations, and what are the relationships between the various parts; between director and managers, staff and workers.
Can an International Organization have relational parts that resemble local patterns and not International? Should decision makers be ‘International’?
Do Thai characteristics support or unsettle International characteristics?
Can an International Organization model be constructed which can be applied throughout ASEAN?
International Organizations are mainly concerned with Education and Development Programs, with an emphasis on Humans as Capital. A new theory that has become both popular and controversial is Social Capital Theory and civic involvement which relate to some very important issues that concern economic modernity and institutional performance.
Should International Organizations or International employees be involved in the immediate local community (economically or politically)?
I am mostly concerned with the area of Psychology; specifically in the areas of learning, group dynamics, and communication within organizations. For example, an International Organization suggests having a lingua franca, ASEAN being English. In this area there are a number of issues and concerns:
What are the social, cultural, and linguistic features of an International community?
In an English as a Foreign Language location such as Thailand, especially Bangsaen, how much English should be spoken, and by whom? For example, should the staff, and all the workers be able to speak English?
These are major concerns that must be addressed as Thailand, especially BUU/BUUIC approaches its role in ASEAN.
With the new International House under construction, a large influx of ASEAN nationals is expected, and what will there stay be like? Should it be as if they are visiting any other location in Thailand, or should ASEAN visitors expect an International presence where English is readily spoken?
What English Language Learning should take place within the organization?
One would imagine that an International Organization have an International Perspective, how then would this be accomplished? Should acculturation be encouraged, or in time will the local culture eventually dominate?
As cultures within International Organizations merge, conflict is a normal likelihood. How should issues of ethics and culture be dealt with?
How should International Organizations approach religion and diversity?
What becomes of greatest ethical concern is the Organization members own participation and how they react towards others within the organization. If all are equal as should be, equality based on essence/being then all members should treat each others as equals. There can be no favoritism in an International community.
How can Hegel’s dialects be applied to an International Community?