I have been quite busy these past few days. Some of the events include: (1) a trip to the East Coast (Washington D.C., Wilmington DE, Pittsburgh, PA), (2) got involved in a car accident (car got totaled, I am recovering from slight injuries), (3) trying to get my sixth book going, (4) finishing up a few writing projects, and last but definitely not the least, (5) making good progress on my dissertation work.
It is about that time again. Desouza is anxious and wants to get involved in a new book project. I have just agreed to edit a book on “Agile Information Systems”. The book will bring together researchers, practitioners, futurist, and thinkers, all of whom will discuss how do we conceptualize, construct, and manage these information systems. If you are interested in writing a chapter, please feel free to contact me. The publisher for the book is Butterworth Heinemann.
I will address the Contingency Planners of Ohio on August 10, 2005. His talk titled, "Mindful Crisis Management", will take place at Fidelity Investments in Covington, Kentucky. This talk will be based on some of my recent work on integrating knowledge management with crisis management.
Meet me for a discussion of my new book - Engaged Knowledge Management (co-authored with Yukika Awazu). The discussion will take place on-line via the KnowledgeBoard Portal (see http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=143380). If there are questions you want me to answer, please send them to me via email. I will be glad to think through your questions and come up with thoughtful responses. Cheers!
I have a new book accepted for publication: The Outsourcing Handbook – How to Implement a Successful Outsourcing Process. I have co-authored this book with Mark Power (President, ROS Incorporated) and Carlo Bonifazi (Vice President, ROS Incorporated). The book is currently in the production process and will be released early next year by Kogan Page.
Well, I am done teaching my last class at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My feelings are one of excitement yet sadness. Excitement that this signifies I will be getting a bit closer to completing my doctorate, and sadness because I am going to miss interacting with a good bunch of students. To all of my students – Thank you for the memories. I have my gripes about the way the classes are conducted, the rules placed on graduate students in how they should handle classes, etc. But, these do not take anything away from the fact that I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years serving the students of a great institution. Cheers!
I am going to be working on a new book. Do you want to know what it is about? Well then drop me an email. I will announce the book project as soon as I get the contract from the publisher. Here is a little hint: the book is about knowledge management (big surprise there!), security management (no really!), competitive intelligence (are you kidding me!), and information technologies (c’mon you are just killing me!). Well for those who know my work there should be no surprise in the above topics, but the book concept will surprise you!!!
The attacks on the citizens of Great Britain are horrific and saddening. But, make not mistake they are not going to change the course of history or nature. Freedom will reign. I send my personal condolences to all that have been directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy.
Science, according to me, is the act of creative discovery of novel relationships in nature. Here are some words from the wise:
• French mathematician Poincaré remarked, “Fruitful combining which reveals to us unsuspected kinship between facts, long known but wrongly believed to be strangers to one another”.
• Alfred North Whitehead commented, “We must beware of what I call ‘inert ideas’ – ideas that are merely received into the mind without being utilized, tested, or thrown into fresh new combinations”.
• Marcel Proust stated, “The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes”.
• Jean Baitaillon warned, “Really we create nothing. We merely plagiarize nature”.
Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com) is offering a 20% discount on my two books. These are for pre-orders. So do not wait, order them soon. The discount is only for a limited time. You can get my book – New Frontiers of Knowledge Management for $76.00 (regular price $95), and Engaged Knowledge Management for $68.00 (regular price $85).