Schol­arly ap­proach

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

In his ar­ti­cle about the demise of Cana­dian law firm Heenan Blaikie (“Case Study,” March), Jonathan Kay in­dulged an urge to mock aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions when he won­dered whether the firm’s lax ap­proach to per­son­nel de­ci­sions could be found any­where else “ex­cept, per­haps, academia.”

To the con­trary, per­son­nel de­ci­sions at aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions are reg­i­mented. Given the im­por­tance of their rep­u­ta­tions and their abil­i­ties to at­tract stu­dents, uni­ver­si­ties fear noth­ing more than scan­dal and lit­i­ga­tion. As with any or­ga­ni­za­tion, there are oc­ca­sional out­liers, but I would chal­lenge Kay to iden­tify any other in­sti­tu­tions that con­duct their busi­ness so trans­par­ently.

Dale Askey

Mon­treal, QC

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