I was just ordering a cup of coffee today and then it struck me – is there possibly a correlation between Political Science and Analytics? Probably a comparison less common these days and then I thought, why not to further entertain this idea – actually I started thinking about this after I recalled of the term ‘Democratization of Data’, which has not yet reached the frequency of Big Data term usage, however, you never know = thus, Semantics, meaning of words, which is important in all aspects of life.
At school over the years, I spent quite a bit of time reading classics of political thinking like Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau or modern purveyors of school of democracy, like Dahl or Sartori.
Where am I going with this – in grand scheme of things, there are basically two schools of modern democracy – Elitist and Participatory (there is a lot in between/on sides, however for simplification purposes, this format will do this time).
Elistists basically say, that ruling class party members need to be selected on certain value criteria – their wealth, noble origin or education levels as opposed to rest of society, for who it is ‘not advisable’ or even ‘dangerous’ for them to have any influence on running the country, as they are not qualified enough (as per elitist criteria/school of thought) = this suspiciously resembles to certain type of companies today or recent past, where employee participation on key initiatives like Analytics, for example, is lacking, all the decisions/initiatives/actions are managed direction top-bottom, for the rest only to obey and follow.
On the other side of the continuum is so called Participatory model of democracy – coming from the Ancient Greek ideal of 2,000 citizens of Athens gathering on the main square in town back then and as per the spirit of times – each and every vote counts, everybody participates and ‘will of nobody shall be disregarded’.
Modern pluralist parliamentary democracy aims for certain ‘approximation’ to participatory ideal by having multiple parties in the parliament, where every party (technically) has a chance to create impact on societal decisions, as opposed to ‘rule of privileged few’ in previous scenario = now, look at some progressive companies in the marketplace and their existing Analytic initiatives – many of these are initiated and managed in bottom-top direction, which means engagement (there used to be a popular term Pervasive BI few years ago, less frequent today), where the benefits of participation do not only mean the more holistic/company-wide Analytics view (seems to be an important objective these days), but significant benefits on the human capital side of things as well – motivated, engaged, productive, energized employees..all the good things.
I will elaborate on the thoughts above in the articles to follow, as it would be over-ambitious to cover this sumptuous topic in two or three pages.
Thoughts welcome, as always,