Readers of the Economist will know about a column fictitiously attributed to Schumpeter; the Nobel Prize winning economist who explicated the role of innovation in economic development. The issue of networking was recently discussed in the Schumpeter column.[1] This caught the eye of the CLAHRC WM Director because networking is part of the job description for a CLAHRC director whose role is to link research and health service management. The guidelines laid out for good networking, however, did not appeal to the Director. He could just about go along with the idea of doing homework on who you might meet before attending a gathering, but identifying ‘targets’ and then engineering chance meetings – say in the gym at 6 a.m. – seemed a step too far. Deliberately sucking up to the target by lavishing praise on him or her had the Director reaching for the basin! But worse was in store; the Director was then told he should not challenge the prevailing ideology if he really wanted to climb the networking ladder. Was the article a spoof like Polonius’ homily to his departing son?

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director


  1. The Economist. Schumpeter: The network effect. The Economist. 17 Jan 2015.

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