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Canberra, 8 June 2013

Six degrees of separation, a theory set out by Fridyes Karinthy, that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away[1], have happened to me many times during my stay in Canberra.  One example who is very close to my heart is Budi, my dear friend when I study at ANU, who is actually a friend of my friend at the University of Indonesia.  I am so pleased to attend Budi’s final presentation and congratulate him for his PhD dissertations submission at end of May 2013.  And then… of course I would also like to convey my biggest congratulations to Harti, a very talented PhD friend who submitted her thesis on 22 May.  Harti is the one I called if I have questions on surviving in Canberra.  Especially, I want to mention that Harti taught me how to cook nasi kuning, my Indonesian menu to share with my fellow Australians… Harti is a good friend of my Astra friend.  Here we go, another proof of six degrees of separation theory. (more…)

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Canberra, 7  May 2013

Well, actually I don’t have much to write. For the last four weeks my focus has always been to get my chapters done.  Writing explanatory case study has been challenging; I have to move from “describing” how things change into “explaining” why things change over time.  I just met my supervisor yesterday, and I needed to rewrite my chapter 7 to be more coherent, concise and engaging.  A big task, indeed!  As I intend to finish the whole draft of my thesis (11 chapters) by 8 August, I have to work days and nights on my dissertation, and fit my personal life in between.

As for Rifqi, he also needs keep up with his assignments and tests to get the required score for his ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).  He needs to work really hard as he only has 3 more terms to catch up.  Fortunately my housemates are very helpful. That makes my parenting tasks easier.  As I assist Rifqi with his essays in Global Relations and English, Alberth has been helping Rifqi with his Math, and Kanya has inspired Rifqi that eating vegetables can be fun.  Both Kanya and Alberth have been good role models for Rifqi. I am so thankful. (more…)

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Canberra, 15 December 2012

The last four weeks have been very busy for the members of Antill Home.  Starting on the first week of November, Rifqi and Victor focused on their exam weeks.  Rifqi received his results on the fourth week of November; and Victor got his final results and confirmation of his Bachelor degree in Information Technology on the first week of December.

As for myself, I had to present my thesis progress on two main occasions: Annual PhD Seminar at my school – the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, ANU on 30 November; and at the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Doctoral Colloquium at Edith Cowan University in Perth, on 3 December 2012.  The two presentations have been very productive.  I received constructive feedbacks from the faculty members at my school, as well as two prominent reviewers at ANZAM.  I have followed up their comments with my supervisor on 10 December. So far, I have been enjoying the whole process of giving presentation, getting feedback and improving my thesis. (more…)

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Canberra, 18 October 2012

Can’t believe that I am now already on my 145th week at ANU!  After 3 months of work, I managed to submit drafts of chapter 1 (Introduction), chapter 2 (Literature Review), chapter 3 (Conceptual Framework and Propositions) and chapter 4 (Methodology) on 27 September.  Somehow I felt that I could finally decide on which theory and method I would use to answer my research questions.  However, I had this funny feeling about my PhD process, i.e., even when I felt so sure about what I was doing, I was actually still unsure whether I actually did the right things. But I had to keep going; I had to give a go, and kept hoping that my arguments made sense to my supervisors. 

After submitting my ‘improved’ four chapters, I requested an annual leave for one week, from 29 September to 7 October.  My supervisors agreed, and we were scheduled to meet again on 11 October.  The meeting went well, and as expected, there were always rooms for corrections and improvements.  Anyway, let’s talk about my annual leave, which was intended at looking for potential universities for Rifqi.  (more…)

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Canberra, 19 March 2012

So relieved!  Today at 4.30pm I have finished translating the last page, page 1223 of my fieldwork interview transcripts, from Indonesian into English.  I invested almost 8 weeks of days and nights on my computer, racing against my own daily targets to translate at least 25 pages a day.  Whew! What a feeling!  Tomorrow I can start working on the next step of my data analysis.

I have done all translations at my home office, which I love so much.  My housemate, Victor, has helped me setting up a PC, so I have quite an ergonomic work station. I only come to my office at ANU if I have to attend seminars, to meet my supervisor, or to catch up with my friends.  Canberra weather has been very funny lately; it has been cold, windy and rainy.  I really appreciate not having to come to my office in such an unpredictable weather.  So I can be very productive. (more…)

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Canberra, 22 February 2012

The last two months have been very busy.  We moved to the house next door (my dream house in Canberra, actually);  I have also presented my thesis update at MMIB PhD seminar on 13 February; and I accompanied Rifqi for his audition to contest for a spot at ACT Badminton Team (he got it!).  Fortunately, Rifqi is very independent in terms of managing his transition to his College education.  Overall, hectic but grateful!

As for my PhD dissertation, I am in the process of translating my field work interview transcripts.  Those transcripts have been neatly done by two graduates of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Indonesia, Widita Diah Kustrini, and Iqbal Saputra.  I have 593 pages of transcripts in Bahasa Indonesia in font 11, and space 1.15. If I translate it into font 12 and double space, it means I have more than 1,100 pages to be translated.  Well, that is part of my PhD life, I have to play different roles to get it done, and my role now, until mid of March, my role is a translator. (more…)

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Canberra, 9 January 2012

Time flies.  I returned to Canberra on Saturday, 7 January 2012 after a very productive 3.5 months in Indonesia.  No place like home.  I am so rejuvenated and thankful. Besides doing my fieldwork, being in Indonesia in the last few months have allowed me to reunite with my family and rebuild my professional networks and friendships after being away for two years.

My fieldwork at Astra ended on 23 December 2011.  Astra has provided me with insightful experience and understanding about the mechanisms by which CSR programs build social capital that contributes not only to sustainability of the company, but also to the prosperity of the society.

I have been so inspired by Astra’s commitments in achieving its very patriotic corporate aim: “to prosper with the nation”.  Being at YDBA office has allowed me to observe and experience how the company’s aim is being operationalized into actions.


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