The impact of Karl Popper
By April this year, I will have completed my Masters (M.Sc.) in International Business with a specialization in Finance. Hence, I must find what I want to do next. Of course I want to find work, but I have to admit that I am tempted to do a PhD. Why? First, I like research. It can be really fun when you have an intellectual curiosity. My research has been mostly in finance but my latest research and Master’s thesis also involved politics and economics. Also, both my supervisors and I plan to publish this research in a good journal. Should I continue in this field of study through a PhD? Not really. In the past two years I have found the field of research that I am truly passionate about, that is: methodology in social science from the Karl Popper’s perspective which navigates around the idea of piecemeal engineering. Applying Popper’s ideas to the business field and finance would be quite intriguing. Frederich Hayek did it (voluntary and involuntary) to economics and George Soros, a big fan and a student of Popper, developed its financial speculative tactics around Popper’s philosophical teaching.
Another interest: fractals and chaos theory
Every time I can put my hands on a book or readings on fractals and chaos theory I can’t ignore it. I am not a mathematician and I must face the fact that to truly grasp the understanding of fractal and chaos, if I am not mistaken, I have no choice but to be really good in math. Nonetheless, I understand the concepts of both chaos and fractals and I would love to see how both can be implemented in the field of social science with a particular attention to business organization. If a simple equation with no randomness can lead to chaos, imagine when a business leaders when it tries to order their business strategies and organization to achieve its goal in the simplest mechanism to evade complexity! Chaos within a firm is always possible. Hence, I don’t question how a business leader can avoid chaos (since we can’t put our finger on the true cause of chaos) but how to limit chaotic consequences and decrease its occurrence.
I guess I’ll move on…to something new
Can I find some school or department that does this kind of research? I haven’t found any…yet!