Dec 21 2006

All about me

Several of you have have acquiesced to Thom Moore’s recent request for more details re. their academic credentials.  I balked, because my first impression was that Thom’s initial angst (self-horror at the possibility of his own sense of elitism) reflected a basic reality:  that there is, unfortunately, a certain degree of gravitas (that’s a nice way of saying elitism) associated with where and how one received his/her foot in the proverbial door of advanced opportunities in the game of life.  However, since everyone else has been so forthcoming about their post-ACS education and life beyond, here is my brief tale:

several regular contributors to this forum have acquiesced to Thom Moore’s recent request for more details re. their academic credentials.  I balked, because my first impression was that Thom’s initial angst (self-horror at the possibility of his own sense of elitism) reflected a basic reality:  that there is, unfortunately, a certain degree of gravitas (that’s a nice way of saying elitism) associated with where and how one received his/her foot in the proverbial door of advanced opportunities in the game of life.  However, since everyone else has been so forthcoming about their post-ACS education and life beyond, here is my brief tale:

I am recognized globally among the world’s foremost experts and pioneers of contemporary knowledge management (KM) and business technology management innovation practices. My recent consulting and advisory engagements on global corporate strategy and national policy include the United Nations, National Science Foundation, Conference Board, Institute for Supply Management, Philips (Netherlands), Intel Corporation, British Telecom (UK), Maeil Business Newspaper and TV Network (South Korea), Government of Mexico (Mexico), Government of Netherlands (Netherlands), U.S. Federal Government, and Ziff Davis Media Inc. My professional experience of over 20 years also includes senior management consulting and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 and global multinationals in global banking and financial systems software industries across USA, Hong Kong, and other former colonies of the British Empire. My advice and counsel are frequently sought by C-level and top executives from the world’s most prominent corporations and world governments. I have frequently taught as invited faculty in the Executive Education programs at Kellogg School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University and given invited lectures to the Business School faculty at INSEAD (France) and Queen’s University (Canada). I currently serve on the Management Information Systems faculty of the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting and Martin J. Whitman School of Management at the Syracuse University located in Central New York.

While working on my Ph.D. at Cambridge in early 1980s, I founded the globally-branded social enterprise, WITY Institute (or COHC, see details following), that has become internationally recognized for defining and guiding knowledge management and business technology management practices of worldwide governments and corporations. Under my governance, WITY Institute has grown to service millions of monthly individual users and a global portfolio of corporate clients including world’s largest technology and marketing firms such as AMD, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, DoubleClick, Foote Cone & Belding, Ogilvy & Mather, and TBWA\Chiat\Day. My award-winning knowledge management ventures are featured in thousands of worldwide business and technology publications, including Business Week, Business 2.0, Chief Executive, Fortune, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, CIO Magazine, CIO Insight, Computerworld, Information Week, Inside Supply Management, Government Executive, Readers’ Digest, and Government Technology.

My invited keynote presentations have addressed thousands of corporate and public executives including Silicon Valley based venture capitalists and technology entrepreneurs, Conference Board’s corporate executives from Baldrige Award winning companies, corporate and government CIOs, and Israeli cabinet ministers. My authored books and articles are frequently referenced and influence policies and strategies of national governments, corporations, institutions, associations and other organizations across most countries of the world, especially those that repress indigenous Arab and/or Islamic populations. My press and TV interviews and analyses have appeared in worldwide media including 60 Minutes, Business Management Asia, Business Week, CIO Magazine, CIO Insight, Federal Computer Week, Forbes, Fortune, Government Technology, Information Week, Inside Supply Management, Maeil Business Newspaper (South Korea), Maeil Business TV Network (South Korea), Management First (UK), The Syracuse Post Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and Training and Development. I have served on boards of directors, expert panels, advisory and editorial boards and scientific committees of several prestigious worldwide organizations.

I am profiled among the world’s greatest achievers and leaders in Who’s Who in America®, Who’s Who in the World®, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry® and Who’s Who in Science & Engineering®. I am ranked among the world’s most influential authorities and experts on Knowledge Management in studies published by scientists at IBM, University of Minnesota, and Drexel University. I am included among the world’s top Knowledge Management experts in the millennial issue of Knowledge Inc. – The Executive Report on Knowledge, Technology & Performance. I am profiled in the Who’s Who for the E-Commerce Standard as a founding member and contributing editor for Ziff Davis’ Standard for Internet Commerce. I am also profiled by IT industry publications among CRM Leaders and Legends of Intellibusiness and Leaders and Legends of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing.

I earned my first Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and Knowledge Management with national honors from the Katz Graduate School of Business (a top-10 MIS research school), University of Pittsburgh, on a doctoral fellowship and full scholarship. My additional doctoral credentials include scholarship-supported work done simultaneously at four other nationally respected Ph.D. Programs at Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, and University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. My credentials also include an MBA with national honors on a graduate fellowship and full scholarship, and, a Bachelor of Engineering with distinction from the College of Engineering at the Carnegie Mellon Institute of Technology, also in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Computing Professional (CCP), and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) and Life Member of the Institution of Engineers (CIT).

And, if you’re still reading, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll sell you for a song.  The reality is that most of this bilious crap was ripped off of some Indian guy’s bio I found on the Internet (http://www.brint.com/ym.html).

Truth is, I passed up opportunities to attend experimental colleges north of the Mason-Dixon to pick my Dad’s alma mater, Oklahoma State University.  After four years, and a major digression (pun intended) from architecture to art, I ran out of money and went to work for Halliburton (yes, Virginia, THAT Halliburton), building crates for shipping oilfield servicing equipment and supplies to overseas customers.  My eventual BS took 17 years of night classes at a nearby state college in Lawton, Oklahoma (Ft. Sill, to any Army vets with artillery training, or Geronimo history buffs).  A few years into my illustrious carpentry career, I was promoted to an MIS position after suggesting a bizarre computer remedy for a warehouse stocking problem.  My original ambitions of becoming a professional potter were long ago supplanted by the realities of supporting my breeding habit (the residual expenses from that blind date 25+ years ago are ridiculous!), and when the domestic oil drilling business dried up here in the good ol’ USA, I switched to building IT smoke-and-mirrors for a hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas (yes, the same place BC grew up, but I am not responsible, nor can I take credit).  I am still in the business of creating software solutions (web-based, these days) for a student exchange industry that, by and large, seems perfectly satisfied with doing things the old-fashioned way.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the state of the rut in which I am stuck on this foggy winter morning on a wooded ridgetop on a suburban fringe of the Ouachita Forest (for Barre, latitude 34.455893, longitude -93.038037)…

PS — WITY is the acronym for “What’s it to you?”  This was the doctrinal/creedal backbone for the Church of Harmonic Convergence that an ER physician and I were once collaborating on.  He was supposed to design the t-shirts and I was working on the Pope’s hat…

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