Low-and-Low, or: Is It Really Rigor vs. Relevance?

In our last information systems seminar, we discussed the concept of “rigor vs. relevance.” That is, how do you research with scientific rigor while maintaining managerial relevance? These are unfortunately framed as mutually exclusive: it seems almost a badge of honor to publish on obscure topics in indecipherable prose. I love reading and got a […]

Grad School: Specialization Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

As I mentioned in my last post, I am going back to school for a PhD at Case Western Reserve University. I predicted this would influence my blogging. Well, that didn’t take long. My program in design & innovation is highly influenced by information systems and, to a lesser extent, marketing — two subjects which I […]

Going back to school

I am returning to school this fall, to Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (pictured above). This will be a doctorate in design and innovation with a concentration in information systems.  Of course I plan to keep the blog going and incorporate my studies into it.  Will that be as much Excel? Probably not. […]

From Chaucer to Clusters: Data Analytics for Liberal Arts Grads

You’ve heard about “big data,” “data analytics,” and related fields (buzzwords?). Maybe you’ve thought about how to make a career out of it. One obstacle — you’ve spent college reading Chaucer, not running regressions. You may think the only route now is a fancy graduate degree right out of school or a lengthy, unpaid internship. This […]

Out with the Stale, In with the Classic

Great piece in the WSJ about the future of education, an industry that has remained stubbornly resistant to technology. I’ve written a bit about this — what I call “Yellow Checker Syndrome” (posts here and here). After describing the ways that technology could disrupt education, the author offers this insight: “It may sound paradoxical to […]