The New Spirit of Academic Capitalism: A Sociological View on the Unintended Consequences of Ratings, Rankings and Scientometric Indicators
The interviews show that a significant personality shift within the academic profession takes place giving rise to professors with an entrepreneurial spirit and managerial skills. Moreover, the findings reveal a structural change in the illusio of the field away from an intrinsic driven motivation to produce knowledge and innovations into science as an ordinary career path. The findings highlight the long term issues that arise if sciences are transformed in accordance with new public management, output orientation, acceleration and the measurement of research grants, journal publications using scientometric indicators. In short I demonstrate a transformation of the academic habitus aligned on the innovative production on knowledge into a managerial habitus aligned on the successful positioning in the academic field and therefore strategically interested in the reproduction of existing knowledge. The talk is devoted to the analysis of the social dimension of science-metrics and the unintended consequences for the academic profession.