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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Obliquity



A wonderful piece by John Kay in the Financial Times talking about "obliquity": the name Kay (I think) gives to the notion that given some goals, apparently rational maximisation of goal achievement, through a direct route, may not in fact be optimising. In some ways this is a pretty obvious point, but it's one which eludes (for example) the managerialists currently in charge of assessing teaching quality in British universities.

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