Corporate Culture in Academia and The Current Standards of Research Appraisal
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Along with the advent of the scientist-bureaucrat has arrived the rise of academic capitalism; in fact, one aspect is a reflection of the other. It should not be surprising that sooner or later money becomes one main objective and product of scholastic development. We only have to remember that long, long time ago, lucrative greed entered even the most sacrosanct activities, like the Olympic games, where Greek athletes went from competing for purely sportive reasons to compete for the money paid by the Roman conquerors of Greece. Money talks, they say. It has always been talking, except perhaps in very ancient times when hunting-gathering kept humans very busy. Going back to science, this situation has resulted in the emergence of new standards by which scientists are judged. It is fair to evaluate scientists’ activities from time to time, but in modern times the appraisal of research has reached such proportions that inflicts more limitations —as if there were few already— to creativity, to the basic activity of scientists: innovative thinking.
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