Record Details

Catalogue Search

Back To Results
Showing Item 2 of 32

The stupidity paradox : the power and pitfalls of functional stupidity at work  Cover Image Book Book

The stupidity paradox : the power and pitfalls of functional stupidity at work / Mats Alvesson & André Spicer.

Alvesson, Mats, 1956- (author.). Spicer, André, (author.).


"Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations accepting the dubious, the absurd and the downright idiotic, from unsustainable management fads to the cult of leadership or an over-reliance on brand and image. And yet a dose of stupidity can be useful and produce good, short-term results: it can nurture harmony, encourage people to get on with the job and drive success. This is the stupidity paradox. The Stupidity Paradox tackles head-on the pros and cons of functional stupidity. You'll discover what makes a workplace mindless, why being stupid might be a good thing in the short term but a disaster in the longer term, and how to make your workplace a little less stupid by challenging thoughtless conformity. It shows how harmony and action in the workplace can be balanced with a culture of questioning and challenge. The book is a wake-up call for smart organisations and smarter people. It encourages us to use our intelligence fully for the sake of personal satisfaction, organisational success and the flourishing of society as a whole."--Provided by the publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781781255414 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: xi, 276 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-263) and index.
Subject: Organizational learning.
Knowledge management.
Decision making.
Organizational effectiveness.
Critical thinking.
Organizational behavior.
Success in business.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Legislative Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Legislative Library, Vaughan Street HD 30.23 Alv (Text) 36970100155029 General Collection Volume hold Available -

Back To Results
Showing Item 2 of 32

Additional Resources