Today on Spark with Nora Young there was an interesting conversation regarding a new book called “The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work” by Andre Spicer, a professor of organizational behaviour at the Cass School of Business at City University of London. The conversation with Dr. Spicer was part of Spark’s focus on innovation in the workplace.
Spicer sums up the paradox as follows: “Functional Stupidity [in organisations] is smart people sitting around doing stupid things”.
Does this definition resonate at all? This is certainly something that public administrators should be focusing on to make sure that “functional stupidity” is not a problem in their organizations.
This could be a potentially good book for an upcoming session of Regina’s Public Policy Book Club.