Management theory run amok…

Buzzword trajectories according to Google

From Judith Shulevitz in The New Republic, here. In her excellent piece she goes after the term “disruption” but she could have really gone after the whole genre.

Of course we have these issues with fads in neuroscience too. Cell assemblies led to pleasure centers led to LTP led to connectomics. But a crucial difference is that these neuroscience “fads” were actually related to real phenomena. I’m not so sure about the stuff of management theory….

External versus Internal

One of the tricky issues in running an institute is the balance between the external (fundraising, friendraising, global issues are examples) and the internal demands of the job (chairing meetings, mentoring, conflict resolution and budget just to name a few). Neither can be neglected. The trick is to balance the two to keep an institute on an even keel.

Here at Krasnow, we have a culture of a “light management touch” which suits that external-internal balancing act well. The main role of administration at this Institute is to facilitate science, not to control it. If facilitation comes from external fundraising, so be it. It that catalyst function comes from internal cheerleading, then that’s fine too.