What do we mean by ‘proof’ in business?

The guiding purpose of this blog is to explore and discuss issues related to the practice of business analytics, diagnostics, and forecasting in large, complex organizations.  The unique perspective here is to blend both management theory and technical methods in order better to serve active practitioners, be they managers, consultants, or advanced analytics technical experts.

The background context is to explore and record state-of-the-art thinking concerning tactical and strategic decision making processes in the context of complex institutions as multi-layered ‘sense-making organisms’, themselves situated in environments of dramatic change (political, economic, sociological, technological, legal, environmental, competitive, and demographic).  The subtext concerns itself with how how ‘truth’ and ‘proof’ propositions are established and operationalized in complex organizations.

For the practitioner, the nature of ‘truth’ in business is not simply scientific proof nor exclusively abstract theory-based, but bears upon living information in the the context of organizations as complex social structures.  The nature of ‘truth’ assertions in such settings are dynamic, multi-faceted and often paradoxical: as complex market and competitive factors shift, so is the organization constantly in the process of either re-asserting existing processes or challenging and changing old modes of thinking, the two often in a constant dynamic tension.

In terms of authorship, my name is Scott Mongeau (http://www.linkedin.com/in/smongeau) of SARK7 (http://www.sark7.com/).  Notably, I am also a part-time PhD candidate at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands (http://www.nyenrode.com/), focusing on business anlaytics from an organizational management perspective.  My posts here thus tackle practitioner issues framed in terms of both active analytics consulting work and active research.

About SARK7

Scott Allen Mongeau (@SARK7), an INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), is a researcher, lecturer, and consulting Data Scientist. Scott has over 30 years of project-focused experience in data analytics across a range of industries, including IT, biotech, pharma, materials, insurance, law enforcement, financial services, and start-ups. Scott is a part-time lecturer and PhD (abd) researcher at Nyenrode Business University on the topic of data science. He holds a Global Executive MBA (OneMBA) and Masters in Financial Management from Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). He has a Certificate in Finance from University of California at Berkeley Extension, a MA in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Graduate Degree (GD) in Applied Information Systems Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He holds a BPhil from Miami University of Ohio. Having lived and worked in a number of countries, Scott is a dual American and Dutch citizen. He may be contacted at: webmaster@sark7.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smongeau/ Twitter: @sark7 Blog: sctr7.com Web: www.sark7.com All posts are copyright © 2020 SARK7 All external materials utilized imply no ownership rights and are presented purely for educational purposes.

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