The Tyranny of Metrics

por Muller, Jerry Z.
The Tyranny of Metrics
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ISBN: 978-0-691-17495-2
Editorial: Princeton University Press
Fecha de la edición: 2018
idioma: Ingles
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Nº Pág.: 240

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Reseña: How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing--and shows how we can begin to fix the problem. Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." That's because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to'rather than a replacement for'judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial. Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metricsis an essential corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all.Jerry Z. Muller is the author of many books, including The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought (Knopf), Adam Smith in His Time and Ours (Princeton), and Capitalism and the Jews (Princeton). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
indice: Introduction 1 I THE ARGUMENT 1 The Argument in a Nutshell 17 2 Recurring Flaws 23 II THE BACKGROUND 3 The Origins of Measuring and Paying for Performance 29 4 Why Metrics Became So Popular 39 5 Principals, Agents, and Motivation 49 6 Philosophical Critiques 59 III THE MISMEASURE OF ALL THINGS? Case Studies 7 Colleges and Universities 67 8 Schools 89 9 Medicine 103 10 Policing 125 11 The Military 131 12 Business and Finance 137 13 Philanthropy and Foreign Aid 153 EXCURSUS 14 When Transparency Is the Enemy of Performance: Politics, Diplomacy, Intelligence, and Marriage 159 IV CONCLUSIONS 15 Unintended but Predictable Negative Consequences 169 16 When and How to Use Metrics: A Checklist 175 Acknowledgments 185 Notes 189 Index 213

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