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A Note on Cyber Security

Cyber security is taken up in m y graduate information management class.  This note was written to inform the discussion.

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 07:39AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

10 ways to have a better conversation

I call your attention to this fascinating TED Talk.

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 07:18AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


"At first, when writing the interview guide deliverable, I admit I thought of this step as mostly just being a pain. But now that I'm in the middle of it, I'm excited to hear back from people and honestly glad we have to do it. Not only do we get to reconnect with people and possibly add some new contacts to our network, but we are gathering very useful information for our paper that we don't have to go and find ourselves. I wish you all success in getting your questions answered!"

From a capstone student.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:45AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

An Attaboy

"So why China – Chile? When you brought up the map in the class showing that Chile was interested in OBOR I got really curious why."

Included in a student paper.

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 02:32PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

How do we know...

...what we need to know to be successful?

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 05:26PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Information Management: Course Outline and Materials

This book is built upon the syllabus for a graduate level course in information management. The chapters in the book correspond to the modules in the course as it existed at the time of the writing. Included are the reading and writing assignments. The full text of all assigned material written by the author is included.

Table of Contents

US$20 from https://www.lulu.com/.

This book supercedes the information at MIS in Transportation.  MIS in Transportation will remain available on this site.

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 01:18PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

This Morning's Look at the Environment

I have long followed John Hagel.  I find him perceptive and thought-provoking.

I draw your attention to his July 27 post, Where Are You Headed? What's Your Narrative and Purpose?

I must admit I didn't think like this when I was younger.  Like most, I was concentrated on getting things done and providing for my family.  I sort of let the future take care of itself, comfortable with the notion that if I did the best I could with what I had all would work out.

And indeed that worked pretty well for me.  But what did I miss?

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 07:00AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Albert Einstein

Case in point.

"It’s not a bad maneuver, but it unravels at a certain point. The British team consists of well-educated and experienced civil servants. In claiming that this team is not up to the task of understanding the complexities of EU processes and regulations, the EU has made the strongest case possible against itself. If these people can’t readily grasp the principles binding Britain to the EU, then how can mere citizens understand them? And if the principles are beyond the grasp of the public, how can the public trust the institutions? We are not dealing here with the complex rules that allow France to violate rules on deficits but on the fundamental principles of the European Union and the rights and obligations – political, economic and moral – of citizens. If the EU operating system is too complex to be grasped by British negotiators, then who can grasp it?"  Friedman, G. (2017, July 24). The EU: Authoritarianism Through Complexity.

The nature of our species is to make things inreasingly complex.  It's a bit lke the temptation to have one more chocolate.  Self-control is in order.

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 06:32AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

George Friedman on Meetings

"Anyone who has ever been to a meeting knows that meetings are often confounding, frustrating affairs. Most of them are designed simply to be held. The people who attend them are unlikely to agree on anything except maybe the date the next one will convene, and the possibility that they accomplish something gets smaller as the meeting itself gets larger."

Friedman, G. (2017, July 5). Hostages to History at the G-20 Summit.

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 07:57AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

AI and Me

"Mohak Shah, lead expert, data science, Bosch Research and Technology Center, North America: Look into how the people-change will happen. I think the biggest challenge is not really technology—it is people.

I think the biggest gap that we currently need to address is the people who can connect the dots between technology and business impact. That’s where I think we are really missing the boat. We need people who can look at a business problem, and have a technological solution, and essentially can see how the solution can be brought to value."  [emphasis in the original]

McKinsey & Company. (2017, July). Ask the AI Experts: What Advice Would You Give to Executives About AI?

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 07:45AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment
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