An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy
Chapter 9: A new ecosystem equilibrium—true scholarship
I started this book by questioning if true scholarship is in crisis, and I argued that our scholarly values are under attack. Today we have a scholarly ecosystem equilibrium that is upholding a ‘publish or perish’ culture. My particular response and contribution is to illustrate a sharing philosophy of doing research. My focus is more on what scholars are, rather than what scholarship is. In this chapter, I present themes which are present throughout the book. These are: ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’, about the scholarly life cycle; ‘more than one boat is needed on our voyage to true scholarship’, about global values and manoeuvring in international waters; and ‘we need lighthouses that can help us manoeuvre’. Alvesson used the term ‘returning to meaning’. I use ‘Ritorno al passato’, but that will also help us evaluate the present for responding to the future.
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