On the perils of “managing” science

You cannot manage a creative process without reducing its quality, at least if by “manage” we mean the now-dominant approach of trying to measure everything and assign it a rank. Nevertheless, the science establishment pretends otherwise, and universities are run more and more as businesses. Via Greg Mankiw’s blog (here is his brief post), I found an excellent short article written by the zoologist Peter A. Lawrence. Just yesterday I was hanging out with fellow faculty members in a reception and I was railing against trying to measure everything in academia. Lawrence’s article says it much better than I could. There is also an interesting blog on doing good science, and it has a post on Lawrence’s article.


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