Publish or Perish: a Bane or Boon?

Publish or Perish: a Bane or Boon?

As the basis for our upcoming 08:23 will be an essay published 2005 in Journal of Management Inquiry. In the paper, the authors discuss the familiar but rarely scrutinized aphorism “to Publish or Perish”. By reviewing the historical development of this phenomenon, discussion the potential impact on faculty and their ability to be creativity, the authors questions whether it is a “bane or boon of academic life”? Let’s do the same!

Abstract:

There are few more familiar aphorisms in the academic community than “publish or perish.” Venerated by many and dreaded by more, this phenomenon is the subject of the authors’ essay. Here they consider the “publish or perish” principle that has come to characterize life at many business schools. They explain when and why it began and suggest reasons for its persistence. This exercise elicits questions that appear as relatively neglected but are integral to our profession, namely, the effect of publish or perish on the creativity, intellectual lives, morale, and psychological and emotional states of faculty.

The full manuscript can be found here and also (at the moment) downloaded here.