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Are more and better indicators the solution?


  • Osterloh, Margit
  • Frey, Bruno S.


Summary We discuss Starbuck's proposal to improve decision processes in scholarly evaluation. While we agree that more variety is needed in evaluation committees, we suggest to enlist scholars from other research fields rather than people from outside academia. We disagree with the proposal that more and better indicators of research effectiveness will improve research. We argue that this even would lead to worse results than what is observed today. Attention would be deviated from the content of research, and intrinsic motivation, which is essential for good research, would be crowded out. We propose that evaluations that are based on indicators need to be pushed back. After a careful selection process, researchers need to be given the opportunity to pursue the research they consider to be fruitful.

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  • Osterloh, Margit & Frey, Bruno S., 2009. "Are more and better indicators the solution?," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 225-227, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:25:y:2009:i:2:p:225-227

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    1. Adam Ayaita & Kerstin Pull & Uschi Backes-Gellner, 2017. "You get what you 'pay' for: Academic attention, career incentives and changes in publication portfolios of business and economics researchers," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0133, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW), revised Sep 2017.


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