The Tyranny of Metrics

The Tyranny of Metrics

Jerry Z. Muller

not everything that is important is measureable, and much that is measurable is unimportant. (Or, in the words of a familiar dictum, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” 7) Most organizations have multiple purposes, and that which is measured and rewarded tends to become the focus of attention, at the expense of other essential goals. Similarly, many jobs have multiple facets, and measuring only a few aspects creates incentives to neglect the rest.

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