Don't underestimate the art of "chance"

May 12, 2009 3:58:50 PM PDT
How much of your life can you actually control and how much depends on luck?

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About Robin Hogarth:
Robin is an American citizen, who gained his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972. Yet he is also a relic of the British Empire. Born in India to British parents during World War II, he was sent back to Scotland as a child to be educated. Despite all of this, he now lives and works in Spain, as a research professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF to its friends) in Barcelona where he has the joy of interacting with talented PhD students from all over the world.

Most implausibly, Robin does not have an undergraduate degree. After leaving high school, he became a chartered accountant in the UK by being an "apprentice" and also indulged in playing rugby (as a wing or center-three-quarter) for London Scottish, at the time one of the better club sides in the UK. But in 1967, he headed for France to do an MBA at INSEAD. From there it was a short step to doing a PhD at the University of Chicago (where, since he had a good scholarship, no one cared about his lack of an undergraduate degree). Robin eventually became a member of faculty at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, after holding positions at INSEAD and the London Business School.

During his time on the faculty at Chicago (1979 to 2001) Robin served as Deputy Dean (1993 to 1998) and Wallace W. Booth Professor of Behavioral Science. He was also responsible for setting up the University of Chicago's executive MBA program in Europe.

Robin's research focuses mainly on the psychology of judgment and decision making. He has published many books and papers and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lausanne in recognition of his contributions to research on decision making. He has also provided consultancy services to numerous organizations in Europe and the US.

Today, Robin lives in Barcelona with his Catalan wife and struggles daily with both Spanish and Catalan. He enjoys visiting his three children and three grandchildren who are all in Northern California. British people insist he has a US accent, Americans think he's English, and neither the Spanish nor the Catalans care in the slightest.
Website: http://dancewithchance.com/index.html


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