Asking SkyNet Management Questions

The past week there has been a lot of fuss over the release of a language model by OpenAI which was supposed to be the most advanced yet. There is a lot of discussion online too because of the team’s decision to not release the full version of the model, afraid that it will be misused by Russian trolls, Chinese spies or whatever. Nonetheless, the partial model has been available for researchers to tinker with. To make things more convenient, there has also been an online implementation to skip the troubles of having to install the model on my computer.

I played with it to try to find out if it would help me write my doctoral dissertation. Maybe not, but at least give me some inspiration. These are my queries followed by the model’s continuation:

Prompt: Absorptive capacity is important for firms to gain competitive advantage.

A high birth rate reduces labor size relative to that in the United States (approximately 2.5 births per woman per 100 that would be generated in the United States in 2025) by the same method that causes individual WL to lag the rest of the world as a comparable technology (James and Wilcox 2005; Steuber and Turnbull 2006). Moreover, this concept establishes that WL may very well be a competitive advantage in conduct metrics secondary to WL. Thus, in conclusion, an incomplete equilibrium system often poses the problem of generating the next big PBE, ready for limiting these situations…

Prompt: To create disruptive innovations, companies should…

not work in the present day and if they do: “We’re not picking those lines for half-measures. ” Trust Poopmakers, Congress The hard law enforcement obligation imposed by the U. S. government on startups and small businesses should be absolute, followed by the next step. However, the United States should not violate copyright as being without regard to collateral damage and even have some credentials as a custodian of such equivalent works. Counterproductive courts should inquire into the bill from both sides and pass amendments for the immediate reporting of the U. S. to the American people…

The results have been disappointing unfortunately. We are not yet at a point that doctoral students can be replaced by actual robot slaves.

Conforming vs. Differentiating in Everything

In the first month of my PhD, I came across the article by Hambrick and Chen on how academic fields develop. Briefly, they described three processes that fields how to go through to receive acceptance: differentiation, legitimation and mobilization. The first differentiation means that a field should try to set itself apart from other existing fields. At the same time however, it should not stray too far away as it still have to build legitimacy and gain recognition from the wider scientific community. Mobilization refers to the field’s ability to mobilize resources. As I see it, this last process basically serve as the fuel to advance the two other processes. During those days, I found this study to be interesting but set it aside for the next two years not knowing how to incorporate it in my work.

Differentiation, legitimacy building and mobilization

How new fields gain acceptance

In the past few months, I’ve been thinking of a way to unify the different studies that I’ve been conducting for my PhD. One day, I randomly came across the article again. I then realized that the dynamic of conforming and differentiation occur everywhere. It does not only occur at the field level but also in other levels; not only in scientific development but also in many other facets of life. At the individual level, all of us, in one way or another, conform to the communities we belong to while at the same time, try to make ourselves stand out. To contribute, we try to bring something new or unique to the groups that we are in. Upon looking further, this has been referred to as the theory of optimal distinctiveness in psychology circles, which has been described even as early as 1991.

Recently, this concept has also been gaining more interest at the organizational level, such as this review by Zhao et al. Firms cannot compete by only conforming with other firms in their market, they also have to differentiate themselves from other players in their area. As there can be different dimensions of comparison across firms, the balancing act between conforming and differentiating can be complex. Research then is of value to explore how to orchestrate such dynamics effectively.

Studying in the past two years how new scientific fields develop, I notice the recurring theme of conformation vs. differentiation. Fields have to manage these forces if they want to be established. Big firms have to be aware of these forces if they want to stay relevant. New entrepreneurial firms also have to balance the two to gain resources and find customers. Teams within  firms, to stay innovative, have to be in touch with what their colleagues are doing while at the same time, bring new things to the table. Researchers and managers also have to practice optimal distinctiveness.