Via Karim’s Twitter feed – perverse incentives in academia.
Welcome to the club. Goals often go wild in business too. See for examples:
Goals Gone Wild: The Systematic Side Effects of Over-Prescribing Goal Setting
Arie: Yes – have seen those papers as well – interesting discussion: http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/goals-gone-wild/
Ouch, a harsh but realistic description of the way things are going in higher education. After many recent conversations with other grad students, it seems that departments in the hard sciences are falling into these patterns more quickly than the social sciences and the arts. Not a fun thing to see happening, regardless of the field.
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