Ethos of Science and the Marketized Mentality of Academics in Contemporary Poland
In recent decades we have observed the increase of neoliberal attitude to knowledge creation. It is based mainly on the expectancy that effective allocation of resources leads to more efficient knowledge production. Thus, the economic norms are values supersede those of traditional ethos of science, i.e. economy dominates over science (see Messner and Rosenfeld, 2001). The case of Poland is of special interest because over last 27 years this country has undergone a significant economic and political transformation that in many ways covered the scientific governance.
The goal of this paper is to examine how the ethos of science changes under the conditions of excessive pressure from the economy and market values by investigating the relationship between the ethos of science and the marketized mentality (Hövermann et al. 2015a; Hövermann et al. 2015b; Hövermann et al. 2016) in contemporary polish academic community.
The empirical basis for statistical analysis is a survey conducted from December 2015 to January 2016 on a representative sample of academics in Poland. The sample size was N=801. The results show negative correlation of marketized mentality with ethos of academic science and positive correlation with industrial science ethos.