Academic Rankings and Research Governance (2010)

Academic rankings today are the backbone of research governance, which seem to fit theaims of «new public management» on the one side and the idea of the «republic of science» on the other side. Nevertheless rankings recently came under scrutiny. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of academic rankings, in particular their unintended negative consequences on the research process. To counterbalance these negative consequences we suggest (a) rigorous selection and socialization, and (b) downplaying the impact of rankings in order to reconcile academic self-governance with accountability to the public.

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Frey Bruno S., Osterloh Margit