"Chasing shareholder value is like trying to make your car go faster by rigging the speedometer. "
"In the logic of performance measurement, means tend to become ends. The focus on class sizes, exam results, numbers of research publications and shareholder value is like managing a football team only by looking at the score "
"These top companies perform substantially better than their S&P 500 peers, in strictly financial terms. It simply makes sense: managing a company for one measure alone – shareholder value – is like flying a 747 solely for maximum speed. You can shake the plane apart in the process."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.