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Abstract

With the expansion of higher education and social research and the competition for rankings we find that much research becoming more a matter of instrument for rankings and careers. Metrics outscore meaning. Publications becomes the end, not the means for quality improvement and dissemination of knowledge results. There is an explosion of journals and publications that seem to say less and less. We have moved from research to roi-search (Return on Investment Search). The talk describes the situation, points at the causes for the problems and illuminates the consequences. It discusses ways out of the contemporary situation on policy, organizational and individual levels. How to make social science relevant and meaningful? 
 
The talk is based on Alvesson, Gabriel & Paulsen: Return to Meaning. Oxford University Press 2017. 
 
See also article (in Swedish) DN debatt: Samhällsvetare bryr sig för lite om forskningens värde. 
 
Roland Paulsen is Associate Professor of Business Administration, Lund University