For Love or Money?

  • Poul Erik MouritzenEmail author
  • Niels Opstrup
Part of the Public Sector Organizations book series (PSO)


What motivates researchers at Danish universities, to what extent does their current work situation fulfil their expectations of the ideal job and has this has changed since the BRI was introduced? The starting point in this examination is a discussion of the normative structure of science and what factors can be expected to motivate university researchers. There is no evidence that the traditional ‘ethos of science’ as codified in the CUDOS norms has been endangered by the BRI. In general, intrinsic motivational factors are more important than extrinsic factors. However, when it comes to how their current work situation fulfils the preferences Danish researchers have for their ideal job, extrinsic factors seem rather unimportant.


Normative structure Motivation of scholars Intrinsic motivation Extrinsic motivation CUDOS PLACE 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and Public ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

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