Despite the initiatives undertaken within the spirit of the Bologna Process, there is still much debate as to whether higher education programmes of study equip students and graduates with the necessary lifelong learning and professional skills which will empower them to compete successfully in the globalized market.
The Department of Psychology at New York College is one of the School’s largest Departments. Through our longstanding collaboration with the State University of New York-Empire State College, the University of Greenwich and more recently the University of Bolton, our students enjoy high-level international studies with faculty who have a wide range of skills and backgrounds. We offer a choice of US or UK Bachelor degrees in Psychology, and a range of postgraduate programmes including: MSc in Psychology, MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, MPhil and PhD in Psychology.
How does the word "business" translate in the Greek language? More often than not, in our quest to find the meaning of this word, we simply just look it up on...google translate, even if we think we know the answer! By letting Google decide, the first result we get is the word "organization or enterprise (epihiriseis)", among a few alternatives such as "work (douleia)", "employment (ergasia) ", "trade (emporio)" and so on. Indeed, the word business is not uniquely defined both in English and in Greek language. This is particularly interesting especially when talking about studying business.
The Marketing and Communication sector is a key part of a company, as it is in charge of effectively promoting its services to the appropriate target group and at the right place and time. The main task of Marketing executives is to develop effective strategies in order to meet the needs and wishes of the client and to help increase the profitability of the company. The basic virtues that Marketing executives must possess are:
A degree that aims to prepare you for a career in business development and management. It will equip you with a broad, integrated understanding of key aspects of business and the changing environment in which businesses operate as well as specializing in a key area of your choice.
When students ask the question that is the title of this essay, which they frequently do, they are surprised to learn that scholars have been divided on the nature of capitalism and that, as of yet, no definitive answer is available. Let us sketch the main contours of the debate: if we view capitalism as an economic system, then we must focus on its functions and seek to identify its distinguishing features (if any such exist) with reference to such functions. According to the standard account, an economic system is supposed to answer the fundamental questions of WHAT is to be produced, HOW and FOR WHOM. Some scholars would argue that what distinguishes capitalism from its predecessors is the extensive reliance on a system of decentralized markets combined with private ownership of productive factors and the profit motive for the purpose of resource allocation. Many economists would contend, however, that rationality (defined, at the individual level, as some sort of optimizing behavior over a set of consistent preferences) cuts across time and space, so that the fundamental complexion of economic institutions throughout history reflects the universal imperatives of economic efficiency. In the former view, capitalism is an economic system sui generis; in the latter, it is seen as the outcome of man’s inexorable, though time-consuming and uneven, march toward ever-increasing mastery over his environment.
In my opinion, it is hardly surprising that, when it comes to economic questions, the public discourse in this country habitually reproduces certain fallacies whose roots extend far back in time and which seem to have grown ever more popular in the years of crisis. It is more surprising, however, that some of our students who should know better subscribe to those same fallacies and misconceptions. In any case, I write this note to alert our students (or at least those who care about that sort of thing) to the kind of nonsense which currently passes for conventional wisdom. In the present context the following examples must suffice.
It was not a long time ago that I came across an article in a well-respected Athenian newspaper which purported to explain the causes underlying the protracted plight of the Greek economy. Given that the author is a top economic adviser to one of Greece's principal political leaders (a self-proclaimed “reformist” one, to boot), I thought it would be worthwhile to read it. And so it was, though not for the reasons one might have expected. Indeed, if one had anticipated novel ideas and innovative policy proposals such were not forthcoming; instead, the author's proposed explanation reiterated the anti-austerity mantra that has been incessantly repeated since the (perceived) onset of the crisis in 2010. But is it not astonishing that, after all these years, the country's perception of itself and of the outside world has remained virtually unchanged? And shouldn't one wonder as to what kind of shock(s) it will take for that perception to come nearer to reality?