Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills Premium

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Organizational stupidity can translate into a dangerous sense of futility that prompts even the brightest employees to abandon objectivity and silently accept absurd tasks. Organizational stupidity is a common hazard in many companies but — paradoxically enough — it can prove useful to maintaining a certain degree of cohesion. How can we explain the upsurge of stupidity in corporate life today? Is it possible to boost the critical faculties of your staff without jeopardizing their collective performance?

 

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

Based on The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer (Profile Books, June 2016) and an interview with Pontus Bodelsson, CEO of HD-Sydsvenskan and director of several Swedish companies.