I am the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Strategy, and an economist who takes seriously the idea that Economics is a science that studies all human behavior; thus, progress is driven by the interaction of theory and data. I do theoretical and empirical work, and have worked on a wide variety of topics. I have extensive experience working with business organizations in many roles. I compose electronic music, practice yoga avidly, and am a lover of art and cooking. I’m married with two children.
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About the Subversion + Minimalism + Action methodology
Subversion + Minimalism + Action ("SMA") is more than a structure that connects my interests. It shapes my approach to mentoring in both the business and creative realms. It involves a careful assessment of the current state, skills and aspirations, and a set of exercises geared toward expanding thinking about how these skills can be applied and aspirations achieved. The expanded thinking results in a better focus, a streamlined approach to moving forward and a clear plan of action. SMA also drives my works with organizations, whether consulting in the traditional sense or informal advising to groups or individuals. It employs the same process I apply to mentoring, and sheds light on how the group’s assets can be deployed to make aspirations into reality.
Subversion is a process leading to change that operates within an institution or organization. It often is given a destructive negative connotation. But in the present context it is merely a positive process of questioning and testing established ways and asking if they serve us well, and searching for how they can be made better; this may, but need not, involve some destruction. It emphasizes the idea of intention. That is, we have the institutions we have, and take the actions we take, because we constantly question and are confident that what we have and do will serve our intent; they are not just habits we adhere to without deliberation.
Minimalism involves seeking elegance and simplicity in all things, and implies a persistent attempt to eliminate clutter and unnecessary objects or actions.
Action is taking concrete steps to further the conclusions of subversion and minimalism.