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The discourse community chosen for the interview was business management community. The community has developed a broad understanding of business organizations in addition to providing specific knowledge in areas including finance, markets, customers, information technology, operations, and business strategy and policy (Mian, Sarfraz, Wadid Lamine, and Alain Fayolle, pg. 5). The reason why I chose this community is because business management is also my major course and it therefore a field of interest for my future career.
My expectations when I chose the discourse community was that I would get to have different views of professionals in this discourse which are suppose to inspire my quest for enhancing my experience and knowledge in business management. For this interview report, detailed information regarding the responses of the interviewees have been discussed.
Interview Report Background and career Path
The key subject for this interview was a manager at a local boutique and she emphasized that apart from being a manager, she liked fashion trends.
In this respect she was driven by her passion in beauty products in addition to her academic qualification to becoming a manager at the boutique. The implication from this connection of her job and passion is that she has more satisfaction in the job and is likely to improve with time.
Business management is a field that prepares one in handling various challenges in the work environment and it requires a number of qualifications. With regard to academic qualification, the interviewee had a degree in human resource management and marketing and was at that time pursuing masters in business administrations.
Apart from academic qualifications, the subject had gathered skills and experiences that have acted as good recipe for molding her into a good manager. The skills and experiences include analytical and critical thinking, persuasive and oral communication and creative approach to problem solving among other important ones. The subject before landing her current job had been engaged in internships which provided her with invaluable insights in addition to helping her to gain transferable skills.
There are challenges at any workplace especially during the first time when everything seem new and sometimes confusing. For the interviewee, she admitted that her first days in the work environment were both challenging and enjoyable. The challenging experience was basically on the fact that she was in charge of other employees and therefore she had to know what was going on for the purpose of accountability. It was a hard thing to do as she saw it as snooping around people's business. However, she had to dismiss the feelings because she knew it was the right thing to do that could help her improve her efforts in the work environment.
Other challenges came when she was to make critical decision and her opinion being the final one. Based on the fact that she had never held such a position with great influence she sometimes saw her moves in making decisions were dictatorial. However, she learnt to deal with this and employed as much as possible consultation techniques. With patience and open mindedness she eventually made it to be fully in control of the boutique and improved her performance.
There are very many roles and regulations involving business management but they also vary depending on the type of work that an individual is undertaking.
Mian, Sarfraz, Wadid Lamine, and Alain Fayolle. "Technology Business Incubation: An overview of the state of knowledge." Technovation 50 (2016): 1-12.
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