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The Moral Temperature: All Morals Come from Mutually Beneficial Behavior

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 21:38

Where do morals come from? For Christians, morals come from divine law, which implies that what is good or evil is the arbitrary decision of a central authority or “God”. In Confucianist spirituality, which offers no place for a central authority or “God”, morals stem from the social relationships between people - impossible, according to Western religion. But Confucianists are closest to the truth: human moral, what is right or wrong, comes from mutually beneficial behavior.

First World Pecking Order: Why Immigrants to the West Often Feel Discriminated

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 19:50

Immigrants coming to the First World, the West, often feel discriminated. In their own view, they fell discriminated against on the basis of the color of their skin. A complaint often heard goes that Western societies look at what immigrants can’t do, rather than what they can do.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers: Real or Imagined?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 21:43

In a new book, art historian Martin Bailey writes that Van Gogh’s famous, post-impressionist sunflower paintings must have been too heavy for their vase. Bailey argues that under the weight of the flowers the vase would tip and fall over. But perhaps Bailey missed an important aspect of post-impressionism, namely to present an audience something beyond what can be observed in the real world. Post-impressionism thickens reality so that the work of art create a stronger emotional response.

Critical Success Factors for Entrepreneurship in the Dutch Life Sciences Industry: M.Sc. Thesis in Management Studies (2007)

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:39

The objective of this management thesis is to lay the foundation for a longitudinal study on entrepreneurial performance in the Dutch life sciences industry. A survey questionnaire has been developed using a theoretical model based on the resource based view and the social network theory and integrated with the resource dependence theory. The research ends with the analysis of the results of the first survey.

Leadership and Organization for Innovation: B.Sc. Thesis in Management Studies (2005)

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Thu, 06/30/2005 - 11:40

An extended essay in management sciences. Leadership and organization for innovation: how to achieve commercially successful technological innovation through adequate leadership and structuring of the organization? This essay points out the relationships between leadership, organization and innovation and suggests how to improve the latter through the former.