April 18, 2013

NO BOSS EVER MET A YES MAN HE DIDN'T LIKE:

The benefits of being stupid at work : Why employees who aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer -- at least not that anyone can tell -- might do best of all. (Megan Hustad, 4/17/13, Forbes)

Stupidity can increase efficiency, claims Mats Alvesson, professor of organization studies at Lund University in Sweden. In a Journal of Management Studies article titled "A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organisations" Alvesson and colleague André Spicer explain how what they call "functional stupidity" generally helped get things done. "Critical reflection and shrewdness" were net positives, but when too many clever individuals in an organization raised their hands to suggest alternative courses of action or to ask "disquieting questions about decisions and structures," work slowed.

The study's authors found that stupidity, on the other hand, seemed to have a unifying effect. It boosted productivity. People content in an atmosphere of functional stupidity came to consensus more easily, and with that consensus came greater roll-up-our-sleeves enthusiasm for concentrating on the job.

Posted by at April 18, 2013 5:27 AM
  

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