The Perverse Effects of Competition on Scientists' Work and Relationships

TitleThe Perverse Effects of Competition on Scientists' Work and Relationships
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAnderson, MS, Ronning, EA, De Vries, R
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
KeywordsMoral Climate of Organizations , SCIENCE
AbstractThough competition for funding, positions, and prestige is often seen as one of the main components driving scientific advancement, little attention has been given to its possible negative effects on scientists, their work, and their relationships. The authors of this study conducted focus-groups with 51 mid-to-early career scientists which revealed that this kind of competition often lead to strategic game-playing in science, a decline in one's willingness to share information and methods, deformation of relationships, and in some cases, questionable research conduct. When such competition is pervasive, the authors argue, it can undermine the integrity of science.
Notes(& others) Cover Date: December 2007.Source Info: 13(4), 437-461. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 42-4. Subject: COMPETITION; ETHICS; INTEGRITY; MISCONDUCT; RESEARCH ETHICS; SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. Update Code: 20090226.
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