The global ranking game : narrowing academic excellence through numerical objectification
Kauppi, N. (2018). The global ranking game : narrowing academic excellence through numerical objectification. Studies in Higher Education, 43(10), 1750-1762. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1520416
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The objective of this article is to study some of the intended and unintended effects on academe of the evolving global ranking game. I will start with some broader points on the global ranking game, the formal terms and economic interests it promotes, then continue with a presentation of the Shanghai ranking and its main rival the Times Higher Education. Through reversed engineering, I will bring out the main problems of the Shanghai ranking. I will finish with some of the key features of the demand side, the uses and effects of the tool: the psychosocial mechanisms that reproduce ranking and the lock-ins it creates.