What I learned by reading the model article
Model 1: The age of responsibilization: on market-embedded morality- Ronen Shamir (2008)
From this article, I found that clearly stating the main argument in the article’s first paragraph is a good style. The author suggests what he wants to tell us in his article. I can grasp a general idea that the author wants to argue with his first paragraph. The author presents content at the first part by indicating problematics which are missing in previous studies. Secondly, the structure of the article in the end of introduction allows readers to have an idea how his argument will be presented. Finally, three main arguments are separately described as evidences to support the author’s statement in the introduction.
In the main argument, the governance which is controlled by the neo-liberal matrix, the praxis of governance by responsibilization, and corporate responsibility by CSR as a morality play are sequentially discussed. This way guides readers to be convinced by the fact that CSR is an inevitable policy to disguise the neo-liberal matrix because a moral play can hide well the economic interest of corporations. Methodology section is not particularly noteworthy because this study is done purely by document analysis in which data collection method is not described. There is no tables and drawings as findings.
This model article allows me to learn that it is a good strategy to describe in the first paragraph what an author wants to tell readers. I will leave a note that will remind me later what I thought on reading the model. The ‘thing that I want to learn from my model article and to imitate’ is introduction and what I want to improve on is methodology that should be more detailed or I take another model for methodology.
Model 2: Corporate Philanthropy in Contemporary China: A Case of Rural Compulsory Education Promotion- Huiquan Zhou (2015)
The article’s first paragraph indicates that entrepreneurs in China are well known in engaging in philanthropy since long time. This approach relates the present article to old concept. So, the article presents content by suggesting problematic such as “how corporations and private entrepreneurs engage in philanthropy to beneﬁt the society, and whether their strategies are effective and/or efﬁcient are left unexplored”. This becomes a new element which is dealth with in the article.
The main message and the structure of the article are presented as follows: “This study uses rural compulsory education promotion as an example to explore Chinese corporate philanthropists’ involvement in long-term social development”. “The article will start with a brief review of..”.. ‘ Then, data collected from” “ This is followed by an analysis of the possible factors that shape” “ Finally, the article ends with a discussion of challenges and opportunities facing”..
The author gives information to the reader concerning rural education, corporate philanthropists, and their campaign in literature section. Then methodology part is well described: the quantitative method with database including 52 corporate foundations, which are collected from their websites. foundation center database, and annual reports. As a qualitative method, interviews with government officials and organizational leaders are conducted.
The first paragraph allows us to know about the article: there must be unseen challenge between corporate philanthropists and rural education. The methodology section, results, and discussion are well developed by dealing with well-organized finding and results sections which present evidences balanced by mixed-methods. Tables relegate information such as programs’ types of the corporate foundations included in this study. Donation patterns of the corporate foundations included in the study, geographical distribution of corporate foundations included in the study.
I can make some notes about this model article: I want to learn firstly, the main argument and the structure should be presented in the last part of the introduction. The literature shows the concepts and theories that I use for this article. Then methodology should be rigorous and I have to convince readers by making sense of using such a methodology. Discussion could be very important section to argue the key point of findings and the new discovery should be related to the old concept. I want to imitate the structure: introduction with my main argument and plan of the article, literature with main theories that I use, convincing methodology, discussion which delivers a core message of the article, then conclusion with limitations and a new research direction.