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Zur Ethik von Rankings im Hochschulwesen: Eine Betrachtung aus ökonomischer Perspektive

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In der kontrovers geführten Debatte über den Sinn und Unsinn von Rankings und über die Validität bibliometrischer Indikatoren wird immer wieder auch auf unintendierte Konsequenzen von Rankings für das Wissenschaftssystem hingewiesen. Vor diesem Hintergrund wird sowohl deren Erstellung und Publikation als auch deren Verwendung im Rahmen von hochschulinternen oder hochschulpolitischen Entscheidungsprozessen zu einem ethischen Problem. Dem Informationsbedarf von Hochschulleitungen und externen Stakeholdern sowie dem Erkenntnisinteresse von Hochschulforschern steht die Forderung der Wissenschaftler nach akademischer Freiheit, die auch als eine Freiheit von einem ständigen Controlling durch Rankings verstanden werden kann, entgegen. Nur durch einen ethisch reflektierten Umgang mit Rankings kann vermieden werden, dass sich durch sie ein unerwünschter Paradigmenwechsel im Publikationsverhalten verfestigt, der nachträglich wohl nur noch schwer zu korrigieren sein dürfte.

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  • Müller, Harry, 2013. "Zur Ethik von Rankings im Hochschulwesen: Eine Betrachtung aus ökonomischer Perspektive," CIW Discussion Papers 1/2013, University of Münster, Center for Interdisciplinary Economics (CIW).
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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • M00 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General - - - General
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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