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The McNamara Fallacy

12 August 2011

Derek Thomson

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes.

The second step is to disregard that which can’t be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading.

The third step is to presume that what can’t be measured isn’t important. This is blindness.

The fourth step is to say that what can’t easily be measured really doesn’t exist. This is suicide.

Charles Handy (1995), “The Empty Raincoat” p. 219.

Why is this relevant to my work?  All will be revealed shortly.

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