UA: Perfectionist Professors, Lower Productivity

Reported in University Affairs:

Perfectionism is sometimes viewed as a positive personality trait to be rewarded or reinforced, but Dalhousie University psychology professor Simon Sherry believes it is mostly a self-defeating behaviour. In professors, the effect can be particularly pernicious: in a new study, Dr. Sherry and colleagues found that perfectionism leads to lower research productivity. The findings suggest that professors who display a higher level of perfectionism are less likely to produce publications, garner citations or publish their research in high-impact journals.

The article “Perfectionist professors have lower research productivity” is available on line.


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