Category Archives: Functional Stupidity

What’s it like being a techie surrounded by empty suits….?

Unfortunately not that unrealistic description of life as a technical expert… 🙂 Advertisements

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Cringely’s latest projection – the consequences of “focus on shareholder value”

Robert X Cringely on the consequences of relentless focus on “shareholder value”. The contemporary “business model” of most of today’s large enterprises, regardless domain, is based on relentless “focus on shareholder value” exlusively. And since the time horizon for that … Continue reading

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NSA disclosure: is it Orwellian, or is it Huxley…?

Over the past few days, since the revelation of Big Government’s Big-Data surveillance of the citizens of the world, there has been many references to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”, and that book is now soaring on Amazon’s list of … Continue reading

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Lack of application of Complexity Theory in management

An absolutely essential and brilliant article by RIchard Staub in Harvard Business Review, on why organizations have not embraced Complexity as the #1 paradigm for governing their “system”. Reason #1: it’s too complex…! Today’s typical  Empty Suit-managers prefer simplicity, and … Continue reading

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Systems thinking

“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” ― Kenneth E. Boulding

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The Grandiosity of modern business & society

Professor Mats Alvesson talking about the Grandiosity of modern business & society, where  image matters more than reality, a fancy web-site displaying all the politically correct disclaimers and slogan’s about environmental policies etc is more important than getting the real job … Continue reading

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Roots of Functional Stupidity

Professor Mats Alvesson presents some of the root causes for Functional Stupidity. (Presentation is in Swedish)

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Functional Stupidity – The mysterious ways of large organizations explained

A friend of mine just brought my attention to this hot-off-the-press research paper, “A Stupidity Based Theory of Organizations”, by Mats Alvesson and Andre’ Spicer,  published in Journal Of Management Studies. The paper is amazing, it explains a lot of … Continue reading

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