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Adam Smith on Human Capacity for Self-Deceit 

This, from the Conversable Economist, is for those of you who tend, or who should tend, towards introspection.

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 08:40AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


It’s hard to know when I began to think about communication in a serious manner.  I peg it at my first job out of college as a systems engineer for IBM.  I’m fairly certain that I didn’t think of it as communications, let alone conversations.  I thought of flowcharts (communicating with people) and coding sheets (communicating with computers), both of which I learned little of in college.

As my career developed I expanded my communication repertoire to formal presentations, one‑on‑one conversations with business associates and customers, writing of proposals, reports, and marketing material.

When I retired from IBM I became associated with Baruch College.  This second career introduced me in a more formal way to communicate, especially through my long association with the Bernard L. Schwarz Communication Institute.

I’m indebted to all those along the path of this journey who encouraged, criticized, taught me, and, perhaps most importantly, gave me the freedom to explore communication and its higher embodiment, conversations.  I’ve been from the Palmer Method to spark charts, from simple flowcharts to complex causal loop diagrams.  And I keep learning.

Communications is a collection of papers, blog posts, the odd e‑mail, and lecture notes on the subjects of communication and conversation.  These are presented in chronological order.  Some of this material looks incomplete.  Indeed it is.  Learning is never complete.  Minimal editing has been performed on the original material.

The first paper in this anthology was written to help me prepare for an April 28, 2006 conference.  Doubtless I will add to this collection as time goes on.

It is hoped that this collection might serve as useful reference and example.

Copies are available at www.lulu.com

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:35AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Experience and Connection

"It seems to me now, with greater reflection, that the value of experiencing another person’s art is not merely the work itself, but the opportunity it presents to connect with the interior impulse of another."

Hylton, W. S. (2016, July 17). The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close. The New York Times Magazine, 36–43 53.

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:26AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Technology 2025: DNV GL

Shanghai: Every five years, DNV GL publishes its Technology Outlook. This keenly awaited report is primarily intended to give customers and stakeholders a basis for discussion and insight into the technology landscape of the next decade within selected industries.

See DNV GL's Technology Outlook 2025 explores technology likely to be taken up in the next ten years on the web.

See Technology 2025: Reaction for an analysis of this outlook.

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:02AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Cyber Security

Here is a note (revised 8/3/16) I wrote on thinking about this issue.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11:33AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Maritime Economics and Logistics 

If you are interesting in these areas you might want to tune in to this blog of Hercules E. Haralambides.  He advises:

My blog provides commentary and opinion on current developments in the global economy; international trade; shipping; ports; terminals; transport; and maritime logistics, including important business research findings, as reported quarterly in the 'Maritime Economics and Logistics' Journal (www.palgrave-journals.com/mel). © 2016 HE Haralambides, all rights reserved.

Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 09:16AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Useful Items to Pack for Your Trip

I write a lot.

From time to time I gather this writing into collections.  Examples of these include Drogan Notes: 2009.1 and Drogan Notes: Communications.

Useful Items to Pack for Your Trip (264 pages) is a set of notes covering a number of topics; ethics, critical thinking, communications, introspection, integrity, writing, vocations, relationships, and teams.  These notes are provoked by conversations with students or by ideas that come to me from time to time.  In either case the note is written first to help me think through the matter and secondly to communicate the results of this thinking to other interested people.

I am grateful to colleagues and students for provoking much of what is included here.

The notes emerge from experiences from a long career in business and higher education as well as general observations for how the world works. 

All collections are available at www.lulu.com.

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 06:06PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

"It’s no accident that all the heavy hitters... 

...in this business [finance] are also really great writers."

"Of course, there is a lot of math behind the quant stuff, and the guys doing it are mathematical geniuses, but the best of them are also very sharp market folks, with a nose for when trades start to get crowded."

"Computers may be computers, but the people who program the computers are just human, and utterly fallible."

Jared Dillian in The 10th Man February 18, 2016

Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 09:49AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


My courses are marked by a focus on discussions and an emphasis on teamwork to address projects.

Teams is intended to make clear to students my expectations regarding teams.

Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 11:56AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Do Star Scientists Impede New Ideas?

This from the HBR Daily Stat of February 8, 2016.

After a star scientist dies, their collaborators publish fewer articles in the star’s field; however, articles by noncollaborators increase by 8% on average, according to a study led by Pierre Azoulay at MIT Sloan School of Management. These additional contributions are disproportionately likely to be highly cited, and they are also more likely to be authored by scientists who were not previously active in the deceased star’s field. The results suggest that outsiders are reluctant to challenge leadership within a field when the star is alive. Turnover in leadership enables the injection of fresh ideas into the field — but only when those within are willing to support and accept new ideas.

I wonder whether this phenomena may apply more broadly.

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 07:09AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment