Gentlemen, the hairstyle you choose is key to your success as a young professional so I had to include it in the “Controlled Externalities” series. Though the business world is becoming more and more progressive, there are still glass ceilings that can be placed above those of us who opt out the traditional hairstyles. 530 more words
Sean Trainor has posted an article at the Junto where he writes about how quantitative analysis changed the way he viewed his historical research project. Trainor originally wanted to study the decline in men's barbershops between 1800-1860. Throughout this period, his sources suggested that barbershops were slowly disappearing because of the introduction of cheap razors and the growing popularity of beards. But his project changed after sought to calculate the number of barbershops using quantitive analysis. He quickly realized that his original hypothesis flawed. While barbershops declined between 1800 and 1840, he noticed a meaningful increase in the number barbershops in after 1840. Instead of looking solely at the decline of barbershops he realized that he needed to update his thesis and re-conceptualize his project. One of the potentially most exciting and frightening parts of any research project is when you realize that your initial assumptions were wrong. Trainor describes in the post what happened when he went through this process. It is a great post.