22nd February 2002 - Ideas for changing my Curriculum

I have thought about changing my curriculum in order to allow me to reach my goal of writing a book about Business Intelligence. In this context I think that my curriculum should change in composition towards that of a Ph.D. –meaning that half of the work should be “Authoring a major project that can be in the form of chapters for a book”.

Additionally, I have a suggestion of the following two articles that I would like as custom research project following my review of “Gates on Business”: The titles used are only working titles. 

1. Title “Meeting the needs of the user”

This project should be built on a review of the following books:

"Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity" by Jakob Nielsen
"Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience" by Jennifer Fleming, Richard Koman (Editor)

Additionally it should cover field research in which a number of users rate a selected number of websites and programs for their “Usability” as well as “Appeal”. The websites and programs selected should all have been created with the goal of providing users with relevant information, and they should all have been rewarded as “best of breed” by at least one acknowledged body. The “Usability” and “Appeal” should be rated on a scale 1-5 and the users themselves should be rated by the number of days they typically use a pc during a week.

The goal of the research is to see if “Usability” and “Appeal” are one and the same thing, as well as see if the terms “Usability” and “Appeal” are the same depending on the experience of the user. The findings of the field research should then be compared to the guidance and practices suggested by the literature.

2. Title “The Mind and Management”

This project should be built on a review of the following books:

"Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
"The Other 90%: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life" by Robert K. Cooper
"Motivation in the Real World : The Fine Art of Getting Extra Effort from Everyone-Including Yourself" by Saul W. Gellerman
"How People Work" by Saul W. Gellerman
"Creativity : Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"Flow: Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"Mind Over Machine" by Hubert Dreyfus

The field research of this project will be conducted around two issues: The relation between astrology and human resources, and the use of “Mind Tools” by managers today. The first study should be carried out by having a number of participants write down on a scale 1-3 how well their day was for a period of at least one month –the participants will not know the goal of the research. These figures should then be compared to the astrological predictions of their days. The second research should be carried out by interviewing a number of recognized managers of their attitude and usage of “Mind Tools” such as spiritual, meditation, flow etc.

The goal of this project is to find out the trend among successful managers in the “Knowledge Age”, do they use “Mind Tools” at all? -and if so, which ones? The astrological correlation will just be a thought provoker for finding out if there is anything that suggests that at least this “simple” tool works.

I have submitted these ideas to Rushmore and look forward to their reply…

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