Essays

As I mentioned earlier, my goals for this blog are to continue to learn, to clarify my thinking about what I have already learned, to create value by sharing my thoughts and experiences, and to stimulate feedback or dialog for further learning.  So I pan to create some posts as essays, loosely defined.  I’ll state a thesis, provide arguments for and against, and draw conclusions.  I am attracted to this form of writing because I feel it really helps me to clarify my thinking, as so smartly stated by Flannery O’Connor: “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”   Critical thinking (objective, logical analysis, not fault finding) is a skill that employers have told us they expect in business school graduates.  And even though our responsibilities as instructors were more about relaying the content of our respective disciplines, no one wanted to be accused of fuzzy thinking.  So it was both enlightening and challenging to be confronted with the work of Kahneman and Tversky and the whole field of behavioral economics which belies the concept of homo economicus, the rational player who always seeks to maximize utility.  It says to me that we still have opportunities to learn, to get better at knowing when we are being influenced more by emotions, and when it really matters.  So with my essay posts, I would like to stimulate feedback on my thinking: did I state the thesis clearly, give arguments pro and con, and draw a valid conclusion.  What did I overlook or miss?  Does the thesis warrant further discussion?  Is there a deeper  learning opportunity here?  You will be able to share your thoughts in the comment section below these posts.