Why “Publish or Perish” Is Bad

August 25th, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

News from PC Magazine: Unable To Unplug, Tech Addicts May Sue:

Keeping employees on electronic leashes such as laptops, BlackBerries and other devices that keep them constantly connected to the office could soon lead to lawsuits by those who grow addicted to the technology, a U.S. academic warns.

In a follow-up to an earlier paper on employees’ tech addictions, Gayle Porter, associate professor of management at the Rutgers University School of Business in Camden, New Jersey, has written a paper that states workers whose personal lives suffer as a result of tech addictions could turn their sights on their employers.

“These people that can’t keep it within any reasonable parameters and have these problems in their lives, at some point may say: ‘My life is not all that great. How did this happen? Who can I blame for this?’,” Porter, who co-authored the study with two other academics, said in an interview on Thursday. “And they’re going to say, ‘The company’.”

I think the real answer to this potential problem is to free associate professors at the Rutgers University School of Business from the burden of having to publish.

Just saying.

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  1. Denny says:

    December 3rd, 2006 at 8:33 am (#)

    Question. Is the label “addiction” becoming so widely used in our society that it is losing its meaning?

    I’ve started to complie a list of the different “addictions” I have been reading about lately in some of the blogs. So far I have enountered the following: drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, oil (as in petroleum), gambling, food, love, video games, comment addiction (i.e., checking the comments on one’s blog), and window shopping addiction. Based on your post, I can now add “tech addiction” to this list.

    This inventory is obviously not an official list gathered from the medical or psychological literature. It is interesting to note, however, that people themselves are the ones labeling their behavior and the behavior of others as “addictive.”

    DenMan7 http://www.Alcoholics-Information.com

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