On Unhappy Academics

Economics in action

I have discussed the importance of intrinsic motivation of employees in organizations such as schools, in an essay. This argument is valid for universities and academic institutes too. Rajaram – a colleague of mine – notes that the institution of financial incentives for research publications has led to a disaster. College lecturers in India are compelled to do PhD and its impact on teaching and research is uncertain.

There are a set of unhappy people in academic organizations.  I, as a fellow academic, suggest them to take one of the following three steps.

A. Try to develop an innate interest in, and work towards the purpose of that organization. That work should be such that it adds long-term `value’ for the organization and also the person. Developing appropriate learning materials and courses, conducting and publishing research on the focal themes of the organization, and being part of the practice…

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