In my new department there is a new chairman. This week he sent a mass email with his program: “so that we (hopefully!) become one of the leading departments outside the U.S.”

Among more mundane items, there were two changes that seem to define “leadership”:

2# I will investigate whether it is possible for promotions to set numerical research criteria based on journals publications (following the example of Tilburg, for example). Of course, those criteria are never completely written in stone, but they can serve as an important instrument for deciding about promotions (along with the criteria concerning teaching, etcetera).

3# I expect that in the short run resources will be rather dire, but that budgetary pressure will ease in the longer run. As soon as resources allow, I intend to provide a small reward (i.e. teaching load reduction) for publications in the top journals (AER, QJE, JPE, Econometrica, RES, Journal of Finance, JEL). Obviously, this is not an adequate compensation for the amount of time it takes to write a top journal article, but it is a token of appreciation and a way to influence incentives.

It hesitates, it’s cautious. The reader guesses that nothing will come of it. Yet, it deserves mention, to what purpose? To identify the chairman and his commitments? Or to comfort the colleagues with the horizon of self-love? Paradigm operates not only by repetition and mimicking, it does work as a distant yearning for repetition and mimicking.


4 thoughts on “Paradigm

  1. I hope this discourse is nothing more than a tool to construct leadership.
    Because the down-to-earth moral of the story is that, as an HET, you’re done

  2. It is not very impressive as a discourse of leadership either since there nothing new (I heard a thousand times before on both sides of the Atlantic), it looks more the type of discourse you have when you are trying to convince yourself that you are up to your task as head of the department. If I was in Tiago’s department and publishing in top journals, the first thing I do as a rational agent is look for a position in an already top department with money instead of staying in a ” may be if we work very hard for a very long time” top department with little money. And besides, my sentiment is that if you want to motivate people, do not e-mail them in the first place, talk to them!

  3. Beatrice,
    my view on the life or death subject is to quote Mark Twain when he said: “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” I think this is true for HET.

  4. Calling it “paradigm” might be a little bit too ambitious (or generous) … “firm’s culture” is better, I think … Welcome to the Netherlands, where all your dreams come true !

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