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Paul Smaldino & C. Thi Nguyen on Problems with Value Metrics & Governance at Scale (EPE 06)

COMPLEXITY: Physics of Life

Perspectives on Organizational Strategy & Coordination: Optimizing for Few Coherent Goals v.s. Many Incoherent Goals

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The corporate world is better at defining goals than the academic world. Educational institutions struggle to articulate their goals due to disagreement. University administrators have competing goals, which leads to constant infighting. The speaker prefers universities with plural goals and worries that focusing on one outcome leads to the loss of other important aspects of education. However, top-level administrators should have reasonably well-defined goals that trickle down and create incentives.

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