Thursday, August 8, 2013

Taking Back Critical Thinking and Intellectual Depth

It’s no secret that the last 100 years of University culture is now confronting an over-exposure to information.  Social media, cloud storage, and other technological developments have made it possible to access information instantaneously, sometimes diminishing our reliance on memory and critical thinking to mediate our actions.  As students of business, we must know about capital, morality, ethics, politics, biology, engineering, literature, psychology, sociology, art, and creativity in very complex ways.  We must keep in mind that the information that preceded us does not prevent us from making sure our minds are deep – that our thinking can draw connections in complex and fresh ways.  The merger of complicated thinking becomes our last best hope to keep control of our economic future.

I am a big believer in honor, in some very old-school ways.  I believe that honor is a fiercely derived function of credibility, very much like the way of a samurai or a master craftsman.  In this regard, I encourage you to find the spaces within yourself that help make your access to massive amounts of information into a code of honor, to turn that information into a part of your well-being, your intellectual depth, and your ability to shape the global agenda.  If you feel that way about your work, or if you want to participate in some of the work we do at Anderson that seeks to shape the global agenda, please visit our website,

Dr. Manuel Montoya is a Rhodes Scholar with a distinguished career in international public policy and systems analysis.  He is an Assistant Professor at the UNM Anderson School of Management in the Finance, International, Technology and Entrepreneurship department (FITE). Dr. Montoya serves as the Faculty Advisor for International Business Students Global (IBSG).

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