Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game
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Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game

An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy

Morten Huse

This groundbreaking book arrives at a time of growing concern for the future of true scholarship. Calling for coordinated efforts to reorganise the scholarly ecosystem, Morten Huse reflects on the past and looks to the future to uncover a communal approach to scholarship that comprises an open, innovative and impact-driven attitude to research that can change the academic game.
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Chapter 9: A new ecosystem equilibrium—true scholarship

Morten Huse


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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