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Master s Information Studies: Business Information Systems (track)
In the interdisciplinary track Business Information Systems (BIS) in the Master’s programme Information Studies you learn how organisations apply Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in decision-making, development and change processes. The track combines organisational theory, innovation theory and knowledge of applying ICT for organisational and societal purposes.
Is Business Information Systems at the UvA the study programme for me?
- you have a background in social sciences (like for instance Business, Media or Policy Studies) and understand the crucial function of information systems/ICT applications in business processes, decision-making and communication
- you have a technical background in ICT (like computer science or artificial intelligence) and appreciate the organisational aspects and organisational behaviour that determine successful application of ICT
- you’re a student with a mixed organisational and ICT background, like a degree in Information Systems or Information Science and want to deepen your knowledge of organisations and ICT
What does Business Information Systems at the UvA have to offer me?
The BIS track focuses on:
- how information systems can be developed and managed in line with organisational or societal goals and all other information systems already in use
- how organisations, products, processes or societal functions can be innovated by ICT application
- how people use information in business processes and decision-making processes
- how effects of ICT on organisations and society can be studied.
The word organisation in this context means business, governmental and entrepreneurial organisations or their networks.
Studying in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is an interesting city to do your Master’s and to start a career in the BIS field. The University of Amsterdam is one of the best in Europe, Amsterdam belongs to the top 10 livable cities in the world and hosts the most ICT companies in the Netherlands. Furthermore ICT intensive industries like the financial industry, the creative industry, dotcom entrepreneurs, headquarters of international companies and all kinds of business services are highly present in Amsterdam.
Degree programme MSc Information Studies Type Regular study programme Mode Full-time, part-time Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months Language of instruction English Starts in September CROHO code 60229
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Business Information Review (BIR) deals with the provision and management of information, content and knowledge in organisations. Published quarterly, the journal features articles, case studies and industry updates including news and trends from information publishers and vendors. Its readers and contributors work in the corporate sector, information and technology vendors, government agencies and other public institutions, in consultancy and in universities and business schools. BIR is published four times each year. Its editors are Claire Laybats and Luke Tredinnick.
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8 Tips For Starting a Photography Business
I am often asked for advice by those starting out in the photography industry. And if there’s one thing I have no shortage of, it’s advice. So with that in mind, I present you with my 8 Tips for Starting a Photography Business.
#1. You Are But One of Many
People will ask you what you do for a living. When you respond with, “I’m a photographer,” 9 out of 10 people will reply, “Oh! I’m a photographer, too!” If not, they will respond by informing you that one of the following people they know is also a photographer: husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, niece, nephew, next-door neighbor, co-worker, mailman, mailwoman, doctor, roofer, midwife, pharmacist, grandma, or their Corgi.
“Oh my gosh, my former brother-in-law’s next door neighbor’s estranged ex-daughter-in-law is also a photographer.”
Brace yourself for this. It will happen almost every time. You will have to smile and pretend to care.
#2. If You Are Making Money, It’s Not a Hobby
A bona fide business needs to be bona fide. As in, legitimate. This will require applying for and receiving all the necessary paperwork one needs when conducting a legitimate business: business license, tax identification number, register for state and local taxes, register your business name, etc…
If you accept money for your services, Uncle Sam needs to know about it. And this is one Uncle that will not be swayed with cries of, “But this is just a hobby.” Uncle Sam is not known for his sense of humor, so don’t try to get cute with him.
#3. Being Your Own Boss is a Blessing and a Curse
When you are your own boss, no one will make you do anything. This is both a good and bad thing. When you own your own business, you are the boss, which means if YOU don’t make something happen, it never will. You will have to push yourself to be organized, motivated and on top of things. Sounds easy? It’s not. Not by a long shot.
You always have to be thinking 6 months down the road. You have to learn to be pro-active rather than re-active. It also means that you can make Casual Friday every day if you want to. And if you have no employees, it means that you are always the most popular in the office.
#4. You Must Sell
It doesn’t matter how great of a photographer you are, if you can’t sell your work, you won’t make money. This is not to say that you shouldn’t strive to put out quality work you should. It’s much easier to sell beautiful work than it is to try to sell work that has to be explained.
“I know you can’t see their faces. See, the reason the background is bright and the subjects are so dark is because this session is from my signature “Silhouette Series.”
Yeah, try to sell THAT.
The ability to sell your photography to clients is paramount to your financial success. And don’t tell me you can’t sell. I shan’t hear it. No, I shan’t. Listen, if you have convinced a grumpy toddler to eat his vegetables, you have sold. If you have persuaded a hesitant spouse to purchase new living room furniture, you have sold. If you have spoken to a client and based on your conversation, they decided to book with you, you have sold.
#5. Stuff Will Hit the Fan
In your business, there will be things that go so spectacularly wrong that you could sell tickets; situations that you in no way could ever prepare for; things that come out of left field and leave you scratching your head, saying, “What fresh hell is this?”
Because unexpected situations WILL occur, you need to enter into your business as fully prepared as possible. I read an advice column once that urged readers just to “go for it,” because there’s no way to prepare for everything. That’s like telling a swimmer to “just jump in” and figure out how to swim along the way. That’s just crazy talk.
This should need no explanation.
#7. There Will Be Days You Won t Like Being a Photographer
This will happen. It might not feel like it now, but it will. There will be days you feel no enthusiasm for what you do. Zip. Zero. Zilch. There will be days you get more excited about a new episode of “The Walking Dead” than you do a new session. There will be days you sigh. A lot.
Yes, there will be days like this…and you know what? That’s okay.
That doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad photographer. It makes you human. I mean, I love my children with all my heart. They are my life and I would gladly die a thousand fiery deaths for them, but there are days I want to sell them to the gypsies.
For no matter how much you love something, some days you won’t like it. You could be feeling under the weather, have a lot on your plate, or going through some other sort of struggle that robs a bit off the joy from something you really love including your photography.
It doesn’t mean you throw in the towel or dissolve into a puddle of tears, declaring to the world, “I CAN T DO THIS.” It means, instead, that you have to push yourself through, armed with the knowledge that EVERYONE feels like this at one time or another, which leads me to my last tip…
#8. Don’t Believe Facebook
You are working hard. You are struggling some days; soaring others. You feel pretty good about yourself and then you open Facebook. And you are hit smack dab in the gut with photographers’ tales of success. They are everywhere. Your newsfeed is crawling with them. They are like ants at a picnic.
Stories of utter business bliss where every sale is HUGE, calendars are booked up 3 months in advance, workshops left and right. Sometimes they are out in the open; other times, they are encased in a clever humblebrag:
“I’m always so embarrassed when my clients tell me how great I am. I mean, when someone says, You are the best photographer on the planet, how are you supposed to respond? It’s truly humbling.”
And you look at yourself, sitting in your yoga pants, feeling as though you are barely holding on and you feel defeated. Discouraged. Ready to throw in the towel. You see a photo of the top of a baby’s head gets 4K likes, and you wonder what YOU are doing wrong.
Allow me to tell you: what you’re doing wrong is reading Facebook. Well, not so much reading Facebook, but believing it.
Anyone can be anything on Facebook. Remember that.
So, enjoy the cat videos, the photos, the humorous graphics and the heartwarming stories. Cheer for your friends doing well, but when it comes evaluating your life based on others’ Facebook posts, beware.
The only place a business is perfect is in a Facebook status.
Now…pick up your camera and go do this thing.
Note. There has been some confusion as to whether #6 can be substituted with another adult libation. I checked the rulebook and the answer is “Yes, of course.” Sorry for the confusion.
About the author. Missy Mwac is a photography satirist, a lover of bacon, a drinker of vodka, a lover of sparkle, and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can connect with her on Tumblr and Facebook. This article was also published here .
Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I’ve been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of photo enhancement and photo editing. I spent a lot of time searching, and came up with a large organized list of 104 photo editing tools and apps that you should know about.
The Beauty Dish is revered by many photographers for having a soft, but contrasty quality of light. The classic design puts the flash tube behind an opaque or translucent tube cover, which helps eliminate a central hot spot. Like umbrellas, beauty dishes are available with white or silver interiors and can be fitted with a “sock” or grid to control quality and spread of light even more.
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The 10 Best Consulting Firms to Work For
The world turns, and most consultants still want to work for McKinsey Co. The elite firm known by some as the Harvard of consulting beat out competitor Bain Co. for the top spot in a ranking of consultancies by Vault, a website that researches and ranks companies. McKinsey was voted “Most Prestigious” for the 14th straight year.
Vault analyzed 9,000 responses from consultants it surveyed at 100 companies in North America. Consultants ranked firms on a scale of one to 10, based on prestige, firm culture, compensation, work-life balance, and other factors.
Vault ranked 50 consultancies, weighting its ranking by factors that consultants identified as being most important to their decision to select and stay at a firm. This year, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Oliver Wyman moved up the list, while technology-specialist Accenture noticeably dropped out of the top 10, to No. 20. Bridgespan Group took Accenture’s former spot in its debut year, highlighting the importance of social good in rankings success. Bridgespan’s commitment to social sectors boosted its measures of prestige and sense of purpose, according to Vault.
Consulting used to be the top choice for business school graduates, but now the technology industry is taking many of the best and brightest new MBAs, says Vault editor Phil Stott. More consultancies are mitigating office hours while boosting travel opportunities, flex-time, and work-from-home options.
“Consulting firms have had to start competing on quality of life in a way that they never had to before—which, in turn, is leading to higher ratings from consultants,” says Stott. “It’s a pattern that I’ve seen developing over the past couple of years, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.”
The report also includes the second year of Vault’s Boutique Consulting Rankings, an increasingly popular grouping. Insight Source Group was ranked No. 1 for its second year, but the standout for work-life balance was Eagle Hill Consulting. The firm, which advertises as a “family-run, woman-owned company,” scored highest for vacation policy, hours in the office, and overall satisfaction.
The Top 10 firms to work for, based on Vault’s Annual Consulting Survey, are below. Find the full 50 firms Vault ranked here.
1. McKinsey Co.
3. Boston Consulting Group
4. Deloitte Consulting
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How to Choose a Small Business Loan
The top performers in our review are SmartBiz. the Gold Award winner; Grow America Fund. the Silver Award winner; and Wells Fargo. the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing a small business loan to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 loans.
As a small business owner, funding obtained through a small business loan enables you to take advantage of profitable opportunities. You may need the funds to expand your business by hiring additional staff to increase your productivity or to purchase equipment or machinery that broadens the range of products you offer. You may need to purchase inventory to stock up for your busy season or jump on a discount offered by a vendor. You may even need working capital to repair or replace old or damaged equipment or to sustain your business during your off season.
If your credit is good, your finances are in order and you have time to apply for a loan backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), you can often obtain the best rates. If a fast turnaround is critical or if your credit needs improving, alternative lending can help you procure the funding you need. Peer-to-peer lending is another option to consider if your credit isn’t quite good enough for a bank loan or if the amount of money that you want to borrow is smaller than banks want to lend. Merchant cash advance lenders can provide you with a useful solution if you need cash quickly, and it’s convenient for you to repay the loan in small daily repayments that the lender automatically subtracts from your credit card sales.
Typically, SBA loans, available through banks and non-bank lenders, offer the best rates and are the first resource that you should consider. These loans are desirable because they carry lower interest rates and favorable terms, which lenders are willing to extend because the federal government assumes a large portion of the risk by guaranteeing a percentage of the loan through the Small Business Administration. The SBA also provides resources can help women, veterans and minorities obtain small business loans. The SBA 7(a) loan is the most common loan available and can range from a few thousand dollars up to five million dollars with repayment terms that can span many years.
The disadvantage of using federal money for starting a new small business with an SBA loan is that it may require you to submit more paperwork than many of your other loan options, which can be time-consuming. Although the lenders we selected for our review are preferred SBA lenders with a nationwide reach, also consider your local and regional banks, as they also offer SBA loans and may be good resources for you, especially if you’ve already established relationships with them.
Small Business Loans: What We Evaluated, What We Found
We looked for lenders that provide SBA 7(a) loans nationwide and that offer the most desirable amounts and a range of terms. We researched the company online and then contacted each lender via email and phone to gather and verify information about its rates and terms. Some key differentiators include the loan amounts offered by each lender, the fees and costs they charge, and how long it takes to get your loan approved and funded.
Loan Size: Amounts Vary by Lender
Although the SBA doesn’t set a minimum amount on loans and caps them at $5,000,000, all lenders set a minimum amount and some also set their own maximum amount. Because of the paperwork required with an SBA 7(a) loan, most lenders prefer to offer larger loans. SmartBiz is the exception, as it caters to small businesses that want smaller loans and it offers the smallest loans in our review, starting at $5,000 and capping out at $350,000, which is around the minimum amount that some lenders are willing to consider. The lender with the highest minimum, starting at $500,000, is CapitalSpring .
Fees Costs: Although Regulated, There Is Variance
Even though SBA 7(a) loans are highly regulated, there is some variance in the fees and costs that lenders are permitted to charge. Packaging fees vary the most, as some lenders, like the Grow American Fund, Wells Fargo, Chase and Ridgestone Bank. don’t charge them at all, while others may charge several thousand dollars. Almost all lenders charge closing costs, which typically bundle due diligence expenses, such as those for appraisals and lawyers’ fees. Because closing costs vary from loan to loan, you should verify with your lender what your closing costs cover and the exact amount you can expect to pay.
Approval Funding Time: A Wide Variation
SBA 7(a) loans are notorious for taking a long time to obtain, but the amount of time it takes lenders to approve and fund a loan varies widely. After you submit you completed application and all accompanying documents, five to seven days is an average amount of time for approval. Most lenders agree that the process is faster when the borrower is motivated and responds quickly when additional information is required. SmartBiz has a faster turnaround time than most because it utilizes sophisticated technology to speed up the process.
What Else Is Important in Selecting a Small Business Loan?
Other factors that influence your overall satisfaction with a loan are the interest rate and whether the loan is secured or unsecured. As you search for the best small business loan, it’s critical that you understand every aspect of the deal and that you thoroughly read and understand every document you sign so that you know precisely what you’re getting and what your obligations and responsibilities are. Consider the following factors as you research your loans options. You can also read articles about small business loans to broaden your understanding of the subject.
Interest Rate Range
The interest rate is the percentage of the amount of money you borrowed that you repay the lender. Although the SBA regulates the range of interest rates that the lender can charge you, it’s influenced by a variety of factors, including your business’s industry, the amount of time you’ve been in business, your business and personal credit history, and the overall health of your business. Most lenders charge a couple of percentage points above prime, which is the published percentage that seven of the 10 largest American banks charge their best customers. The Grow America Fund has the lowest interest rates in our review.
Secured or Unsecured
Most small business loans require you to leverage business assets, such as real estate or equipment, as collateral against the loan in order to minimize the lender’s risk. Most also require a personal guarantee from all individuals owning 20% or more of the business. You may be required to put up personal assets if you don’t have sufficient collateral from your business, particularly if the loan you’re procuring is for a startup. Take care to protect your home and personal savings when entering into a loan. Unsecured business loans are less common, though they are available for SBA 7(a) loans under $25,000.
In the above matrix, you can find information on other additional small business loan features, including details on noteworthy features and the lenders’ status with the SBA. You can also find information on down payments, the time it takes to receive your funds after your application is approved and the availability of customer support resources.
Small Business Loans: Our Verdict Recommendations
The best SBA 7(a) lender we reviewed is SmartBiz, which earned the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its ability to streamline the process and its willingness to offer loans in amounts smaller than most other lenders are interested in; these qualities make it the most accessible lender in our review. The Grow America Fund earned the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award because it offers the lowest interest rate in our review and specializes in helping small business owners who are women or minorities or who have businesses in underserved communities obtain funding. Likewise, CRF helps small businesses that are owned by women, minorities and veterans and that can provide jobs in low-income areas. Wells Fargo earned the Top Ten Reviews Bronze award for overall excellence as an SBA 7(a) lender, as it gives the most money to the most small businesses nationwide.
Getting a business loan is a significant undertaking for a small business, and it’s important that you take every reasonable step to ensure that it’s the best decision for your company. Shop around for the best interest rates and small business loan terms. Pay particular attention to fees and penalties and don’t be afraid to ask the lender to explain them to you. Request the fee structure and terms in writing and read your contract thoroughly before you sign it to ensure that you understand the details of your loan and your repayment responsibilities.
Top Ten Reviews strives to appraise all services and products using hands-on evaluation and research that, in so far as possible, replicates the careful exploratory process of a typical small business owner. The lenders we evaluated had no influence or input over our testing methodology, nor was the evaluation process provided to any of them in more detail than is publically available by reading our reviews, nor were the results of our research provided to the lenders prior to publication.
Disclaimer: The interest rates listed are reflective of the date this review was last updated.
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The Purpose of Business Consulting Firms
Self examination is often considered the best way to work toward improvement. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try it is often extremely difficult to be completely unbiased when we consider matters that are close to us. In times like this it is helpful to seek outside opinions and insight. This holds true in the business world as well as businesses need to be able to adjust and adapt in order to survive in the long term, but companies often struggle to determine what problems and opportunities they face going forward. Business consulting firms exist to provide companies with an outside opinion and fresh insight that can help companies adapt for the future.
Business consulting firms have existed for over a century, with the first notable firm having been established by MIT professor Arthur D. Little in 1886. The industry of consulting experienced a large boom in the decades after World War II though as the American economy grew by leaps and bounds. While business consulting firms employ a variety of approaches considered to be part of a larger continuum, there are two main approaches that are most often employed. These approaches include:
Firms that employ an expert approach to business consulting provide clients with an expert opinion as it relates to their company and its position in the market place. A firm s consultant will offer their expert opinion and advice to the client, often with little or no input from the client during the process.
A facilitative approach, on the other hand, focuses less on the expert knowledge of a consultant and works more closely with the client to improve the business process. Other approaches to business consulting are deemed to be a mixture of these two approaches.
Business consulting firms are often structured in a manner that allows them to handle various specializations that different clients present them. Firms are often structured with one axis describing a function or type of consulting, while the other axis describes a business focus or specialization. Examples of functions and types of consulting include:
In addition to these types of consulting, there are specialized areas that firms will deal in as well. This allows them to further assist companies with highly specialized businesses. These areas include:
The formation of a business consulting firm allows it to employ individuals that can meet the needs of almost any client in need of help. For example, a business consulting firm could have one employee who specializes in automotive marketing and sales, while another specializes in natural resource management and operations.
Business consulting firms perform three major tasks for clients that differ depending upon the need of each client that approaches the company. These three main services include:
- Helping a business reinvent itself or revamp its image
- Assisting businesses with acquisitions and takeovers of other businesses
- Helping small business develop a business plan
Each of these services requires different approaches, but there are some constants that can be found in all three services. These include:
- Getting to know the business
- Assessing problems and highlighting opportunities
- Developing a plan of action
Business consulting firms cannot help their clients unless they get to know everything about their client s business. During that step, consultants begin to discover the problems facing the company and learn what opportunities lay ahead in the future. Finally, they can take the knowledge gained in the first two steps to develop a plan of action that will help the client be successful in the future.
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There are only a few KPIs which have a large influence on profitability – but defining and understanding how they interact with each other can be difficult. L.E.K. has developed a Dynamic Performance Management tool which can help businesses to address this problem and improve profitability by more than 30%.
Industrial businesses cannot afford to ignore disruptive technologies. Technological change is accelerating faster than ever and the digital revolution is ushering in new innovations that have the potential to change business models and industry structures. In this Executive Insights. L.E.K. presents a framework for assessing the potential challenges and opportunities of disruptive technologies.
Historically a stronghold of the “Big 5” banks, the U.K. retail banking market has seen a number of new entrants in recent times. Most recently, a wave of technology-enabled propositions have emerged which have collectively been described as “neobanks”. In this Executive Insights. Diogo Silva and Peter Ward identify the three broad strategies employed by “neobanks”, and examine the key merits and issues for consideration for each one.
Brexit will fundamentally alter the political, economic and commercial landscape for the U.K. Europe and the global community. In times of significant discontinuity, Scenario Planning allows executives to envisage alternative ways in which the future might unfold. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. sets out four possible scenarios for a post-Brexit world, and explains how to develop a winning strategy for an uncertain future.
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Creating your own business card template from scratch using Word is a great way to experience the joy of extreme frustration. After much pain and anguish, we finally worked through the quirks and now you can avoid similar pain by just downloading one of the free business card templates below. In addition to the business card templates, you’ll also find that we’ve explained how to use them below – how to add your logo. how to easily modify the colors. and how to quickly copy/paste your business card .
Business Card Formats
At your local office supply store, you’ll probably find 2 main types of card stock for the business cards: 10 cards per page or 8 cards per page. The purpose of the 8 per Page format is to allow you to have color that extends all the way to the edge of the card.
All our business card templates are designed for standard-size business cards: 3.5 x 2
#music business degree
Sharpen your knowledge of the concepts, skills, and methodologies needed to succeed in today s evolving music business. You will study how the music business currently operates and where the business is headed in the key areas of music publishing, licensing, law, management, touring, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Through hands-on instruction from Berklee College of Music s award-winning music business faculty and industry professionals, this degree will prepare you for a variety of music business-focused careers, including artist manager, booking agent, music publisher, business manager, concert promoter, music supervisor, label operations manager, entrepreneur, and more.
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