Mathematics underlies three building blocks of management: information theory, network theory, and decision theory

A framework evolving slowly for me orients law department management around three broad conceptual systems: the theory domains referred to separately as information, network, and decisions. In the course of gradually fleshing out, understanding, and applying this tripartite framework, I read in Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, why does E=mc2 (Da Capo 2009) at 63, regarding physical laws generally that “The tool that allows us to search and exploit these properties of nature is mathematics.”

Information theory revolves around the mathematics of signals and noise; network theory relies on calculations of proximity, relationship, and frequency; and decision theory rests on probabilities and statistics. Numbers are the glue for my conceptual system.

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