Public Lecture Series: Professor Mats Alvesson

16 March, 2017 - 17:15 to 19:30
UQ Business School Executive Venue, Level 19, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000

Event overview:
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. 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. 

This talk 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 talk shows how anti-stupidity management can work.

The talk is based on the presenter’s just published book: The Stupidity Paradox. The power and pitfalls of functional stupidity at work. Profile 2016 (with André Spicer)

About the author:
Professor Mats Alvesson's books - The Stupidity Paradox and Reflexive Leadership - have been profiled in esteemed world media including Le Monde, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Notably, The Australia Financial Review featured an article on Professor Alvesson's The Stupidity Paradox. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even had the book on his personal reading list for Christmas.

For more information about the author please read bio on right-hand tab.

Professor Mats Alvesson - Lund University & UQ Business School