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If experiments are planned and carried out according to plan as faithfully as the reports in the science journals indicate, then it is perfectly logical for management to expect research to produce results measurable in dollars and cents. It is entirely reasonable for auditors to believe that scientists who know exactly where they are going and how they will get there should not be distracted by the necessity of keeping one eye on the cash register while the other eye is on the microscope. Nor, if regularity and conformity to a standard pattern are as desirable to the scientist as the writing of his papers would appear to reflect, is management to be blamed for discriminating against the "odd balls" among researchers in favor of more conventional thinkers who "work well with the team."

In the last sentence "Nor,……,is management to be blamed for discriminating against the "odd balls" among researchers in favor of more conventional thinkers who "work well with the team." the phrase "in favor of " is an attribute of researchers or a parallel structures of discriminating ? and why there is no coordinating conjunction such as "and" before it ?

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Hi Copysnake

I think the simplest answer to your question is that "(verb) against (X) in favor of (Y)" is a commonly used collocation.

The verb would typically be something such as vote, discriminate, turn, impose.
You will occasionally see a comma used after the word "against".
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