Re: The M.B.A. - why bother?

2000-10-03 Thread michael gilson de lemos

You'll have to do field research. I'll be glad to talk to you privately once
your project matures.

There are also a lot of rules of thumb in different industries in hiring and
promotion you might look at.

Best Regards,
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 10:23 AM
Subject: Re: The M.B.A. - why bother?

 As an undergraduate economics major investigating the

Re: The M.B.A. - why bother?

2000-10-02 Thread michael gilson de lemos

In my experience, outside of specialized consultants, many consulting firms
hire preferentially philosophy/history  majors with knowledge of  languages
and supervisory experience. Sales and community experience is helpful. MBAs
are for scutwork, as they say, and you're supposed to pick up engineering
background unless you are a specialist.

Persons with knowledge of opera who enjoy country music are considered way
ahead of the pack as business and economic analysts, whatever the
background. Most other requirements are there to satisfy government
mandates, dazzle customers or mislead those who do not have the background
and are trying to get hired. There are even standards based on hobbies an
interests that are used for hiring, as these tend to be quite revealing when
all other factors are constant.

Alexander Proudfoot, for many years the top implementation consulting firm,
hired top persons exclusively based on their ability to apply the philosophy
of Gracian, Sun-Tzu, various Samurai thinkers  and Lao-tse to business
situations in interesting ways,  Aristotle's Physics was required reading
for top persons. Top marks to anyone on the list who figures out  why all
this must be so.

The NYT is 70 years behind the curve and why are academics assuming they
understand that it has any understanding of how consultants act?

For many years a major firm used a device called a consensor on those with
academic training or government backgrounds. This device  was like the
electronic  voting devices on TV that averaged responses. They were asked a
set of questions on how to solve a problem. Those that did not follow the
pack were hired, especially if they knew opera.

Many consulting firms, however, exist that do not follow such standards as
they are in the business of justifying decisions already taken. For them
MBA's and other degrees are a signaling device and are so called quite
openly, also "union cards."

Best Regards,
Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2000 10:15 PM
Subject: The M.B.A. - why bother?

 Business schools have been criticized for being pure credentialing
 agencies. The New York Time ran an article today about how consulting
 firms are hiring non-MBA's. usually people with graduate degrees
 in any field. In house studies show that MBA do just as well
 as non-MBAs.

 The article is:

 Question 1: What took firms so long to realize this? Did they just
 depend on the MBA as an easy signal (smart, business oriented) until
 the stream of MBA's started to get diverted to the internet start ups?

 Question 2: In a competitive market for labor, what value does the
 MBA degree have? The NYT article reports that non-MBA pick up what they
 need in a few weeks. Is there any value added?


Re: The Economics of Chess conventions

2000-09-20 Thread michael gilson de lemos

a)My understanding is that touching the piece often causes the opponent to
reveal "tells" or body signals indicative of his strategy. It also prevents
claims a piece was moved by mistake.

b)Poker? Monopoly?Tower building games (judging a marginal effect)?

Best Regards,
 Question: Chess players often use the "touch rule" - you touch
 a piece, you move it. Is there any economic motivation for this rule?

 Question: Any other games use economic insights to make playing
 and spectating more fun?


Re: The Economics of Chess conventions

2000-09-20 Thread michael gilson de lemos

I would add that in poker, money management is also very critical. One can
lose most of the games, and often must, to end up with the largest pot

I notice the responses so far seem to divide this list among the games that
attempt to model a portion of reality, such as Diplomacy, Risk and so forth,
and then those that seem to model specific economic behaviors such as risk
avoidance and resource management and are more traditional and abstract,
such as poker.

There is a whole class of jigsaw puzzle games used by corporate trainers to
specifically model economic behavior in industrial decision making  as a
teaching device. One may argue the famed Monopoly is such a game for the
wider public, as are city-building games such as began with "Gilgamesh" and
continue with Sim-City and Empire. Do they model "Crusoe economics" by using
entire sets of economic behavior?

And--what about co-operative games where the point is to help everyone win,
such as Korean circle ball ( after which hackey-sack is modeled) or the
focus is on personal action, such as certain "girls games," acculturation
games used by therapists and in many communes or social settings, or games
played by toddlers?

Best Regards,
From: Fred Foldvary [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: The Economics of Chess conventions

  Question: Any other games use economic insights to make playing
  and spectating more fun?

 Poker uses two insights:

 1. Rent.  There are higher and lower valued cards, so a hand (set of
 cards) acquires a rent, paid by betting.

 2. Entrepreneurship.  One can win not just by having a highest-valued hand
 but also by bluffing, making others believe that one has it.  The
 card-player as enterpreneur is successful if he knows the market, i.e. the
 playing styles of the others and the likely supplies (hands) and demands
 (likely bets).

 Fred Foldvary

Re: Xerox machines and book prices

2000-09-12 Thread michael gilson de lemos

This has been going on for years. Xlibris, Ingram, American University Press
(starting up),  Libertarian Sci-Fi author's Schulman's, LIO is
looking into using it for translations, etc. The nice thing is also many
books out of print are now available like Dover used to do, only more

Best Regards,
From: Bernard Girard [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: Xerox machines and book prices

 That's an idea almost as old as xerography. Does anyone knows of a company
 library) that markets this type of service?

 michael gilson de lemos a *crit :

  Hmmm. What about on-demand publishing, which is JIT, controlled set-up
  and dependent on photocopying technology?
  Best Regards,

Re:more refills.

2000-07-10 Thread michael gilson de lemos

Is it more appropriate to say free refill, or doling out in small quantities
that not all may use--and one depends on people not using all they are
entitled to?

If the latter, can the multiplier effect in some sense be viewed as what
happens when  people do not use all they are entitled to, allowing banks to
loan deposits?

Best Regards,

Re: Summer reruns

2000-07-10 Thread michael gilson de lemos

Also, a lot of folks don't like to work in the summer.Especially in CA.

Best Regards,
been averse
 breaking  the tradition and producing more original content in the summer
 capture market share from their rivals?
 R.J. Lehmann
 Retail Editor
 Travel Weekly
 (201) 902-1931 (v)
 (201) 319-1947 (f)

Re: Free Re-fills

2000-07-08 Thread michael gilson de lemos

Restaurants of what type and what were their corresponding policies?

Best Regards,
 Is there any logic to whether restaraunts offer free refills for soda
 I've observed one street alone among  three restaraunts