I was planning to write a blog entry today, but I lost the spark. I have seen too much news about the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, and it is hard to write about the latest news and research in management with that fresh in the mind. Instead, let me just give a list of the top blog posts of last year. The end of the year is a time for reruns anyway, and this happens to be the 50th blog post for me, so I have some reason for looking back.
The all time hit is my little note in honor of Judea Pearl's book on causality, and its link to how organizations learn, but not always correctly.
Also popular was the post on how the black turtlenecks of Steve Jobs became dark shirts in his successor Tim Cook; a nice case of symbolic management.
People were interested in some posts on careers, including the post on the cost differences between transferring, promoting and hiring people and the post on how leader networks are shaped by their employment histories.
Posts on organizational misbehavior also drew reader attention, including the posts on insider trading and on avoiding responsibility for the Costa Cruises accident.
The most-commented post was on how network theory could inform policy makers about the effects of drone attacks in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The post with the most recommendations was on risk-taking effects of deadlines in American Football.
Of course, rankings like these will always be unfair for the newer posts that have not had as much time to accumulate hits. I am guessing the ranking will be different a year from now, but this is what it looks like now.
There will of course be more posts on this blog later!