Summary of The Stupidity Paradox
The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work
Why do so many organizations actively encourage stupidity? And how can they get smart?
Organizational experts Mats Alvesson and André Spicer make a strong case about the dangerous prevalence of “functional stupidity” in organizations. They provide iconoclastic, intriguing insights on functional intelligence and its absence. The authors outline specific steps companies can take to transform from being stupid to being smart. Their detailed presentation offers many revealing case histories to bolster their argument – although they fail to address how, with all the organizational dumbness they identify, corporations are able to develop products, like smartphones, that transform consumers’ lives. Nevertheless, getAbstract recommends their clever program for helping smarten up your management and boost your organization’s well-being.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to thwart the five forms of “functional stupidity”,
- How to identify the four traits of “stupidity management,”
- How to avoid “negative capability,” and
- What steps to take to “destupidify” your organization.
About the Authors
Mats Alvesson is professor of business administration at the University of Lund, Sweden. André Spicer is professor of organizational behavior at Cass Business School, City University, London.
Comment on this summary
3 months agoAn excellent book. Unfortunately I recognize the same patterns in our organization as are described in the book. Time to change things... .
10 months agoVery interesting.
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