Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Blogging from Johannesburg, South Africa

I have now arrived and settled in at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). I decided to spend a few minutes blogging…

My travel route took me from Seattle to Washington, D.C. (I spent a night near the Washington Dulles International Airport), then to Frankfurt (I spent a whole day in Frankfurt), after which I headed to Johannesburg. Luckily, all of the flights were on time, were comfortable, and I got plenty of rest during the travels.
Sunday: I got to Johannesburg early on Sunday morning (about 9 AM) and was greeted by Jason Cohen (Professor of IS, WITS). We then drove about 40 minutes to get to the Melville area and my home away from home, the Melville Manor House. After checking into my room (see below for pictures), I headed to the streets of Melville to get some lunch and then got plenty of rest. During lunch, I obviously had to indulge in tasting a local wine from Cape Town. The evening was quiet and involved preparing for my class, Information Systems and Strategic Planning.

Monday: I woke up quite early (about 3 AM, thanks to the jetlag) and then completed the preparations for my course. I had a wonderful breakfast prepared by the staff at the Melville Manor House and then headed to WITS. I spent the entire day teaching my class (9 AM- 4 PM). I have 14 wonderful honors students in the class and the discussions were lively and highly engaging. We discussed among other issues: the role of IT in shaping business strategy, the fallacy of IT-business alignment, the impact of technology on change management programs, the role of IT in developing economies, and even the future of IT and its impact on corporate strategy. Besides teaching my class, I did get set-up in my office, which is a comfortable working environment, with two windows. I did some exploring of the WITS campus during my lunch break – first reactions, it is a nice campus and the atmosphere is lively and friendly. I got back to my room around 5 PM and then headed out for a quick dinner bite... before heading to sleep.
Tuesday: I am up at about 2 AM…having my morning tea…and now that I am done spending some time blogging, I will get onto some real work…like revising a journal article…Then I will be off to WITS again for another full day of teaching. Today’s topics include: enterprise resource planning, innovating with technologies, and organizational innovation programs…

Continue to check this blog for updates. I will do my best to write on a regular basis. So far, I am enjoying South Africa and the city of Johannesburg…Cheers!

2 comments:

Peter Baloh said...

Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Kumar Setty said...

Very nice! Looking forward to more blog entries.