Research organizations: Are we witnessing an enchantment?

Bøje Larsen, Peter Aagaard

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The classical ideals of science can be seen as an example of the drive towards rationalisation in modern capitalistic societies. It is a specialized activity, based on sine ira et studio, modernism and a production orientation. Based on a case - the Holistic Learning Centre [name changed] situated in Copenhagen - we argue that a post-rational form of research activity is emerging which revert these features. We term this new type of research "enchanted research", "sciencetainment" and "Mode2-b research". The factors that facilitate this development include the boring style of conventional research, growing competition for research funds, more project funding compared to institutional funding and a demand for accountability. Countervailing forces also exist, however.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherCenter for Virksomhedsudvikling og Ledelse, Copenhagen Business School
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)8791757029
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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