Welcome to the Alberon Library.

The articles in this collection have been written by Jim Davis over a period of several years. They reflect divers interests in several fields over the span of my career. My formal education encompasses the following areas: economics, accounting, management, math, counseling (not psychology), computer science, computer programming, chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medicine, organizational behaviour. The areas of interest I have developed since graduating broaden this list to include systems theory and practice, stress. nutrition and alternative medicine.

Now that is a pretty wide arena. I do not claim to be an expert in any of these areas, although I do have significant education and experience is some of them particularly computer science, management and organizational behaviour. My first love growing up was science and math and these interests have continued throughout my life. Having had a personal subscription to Scientific American for most of my adult life, I have read the magazine avidly. I was predominantly interested in the hard sciences, but in graduate school my interests turned to organizational behaviour and discovered that I was no less interested in the soft sciences.

At heart a generalist, I try to understand the big picture. While the details are interesting and important, they do not attract my attention as much as learning about the big picture. I also tend to focus on integrating knowledge from disparate areas. I find that there is too little integration of knowledge going on in our world. We seem to like keeping things in separate compartments, as if keeping them separate somehow makes them more valid. Frequently the same basic observation or discovery goes by different names in different fields. While that is quite understandable based on the history of the discoveries, it is less obvious why the separation still remains when the commonality is discovered.

I have taught management and computer science at post-secondary institutions in Calgary for over 20 years. Teaching is a very rewarding profession although it has its challenges like every other line of work. Like everyone, I also live in our 'organizational world', but I have been a particularly keen observer of how our organizations work or don't work as the case may be. Some individuals, take responsibility for their actions, and some refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Likewise some organizations take responsibility for their actions, while others seek to avoid responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately, we as people, seem to allow organizations to shirk responsibility to a greater extent than we do for individuals. This makes life in our 'organizational world' very interesting and at times very frustrating for all of us.

The articles in this collection are organized by topic. Feel free to browse them as you choose. From time to time new articles will be added.

 

General
    Welcome

Desktop Publishing
    Start of Desktop Publishing

iPad
    iPad Opinion
    iPad Update

Organizational Behaviour
    The Short and Glorious History
    Management Essentials
    Motivation - A New Look
    Problem-Solving - Getting Things Done

Programming
    Radio Buttons & Check Boxes
    Variables

Theory of Constraints
    Necessary and Sufficient