The Stupidity Paradox
The power and pitfalls of functional stupidity at work
In The Stupidity Paradox, Andre Spicer and Mats Alvesson explore how knowledge intensive organizations employ smart people and encourage them to do stupid things. The authors, experts in business administration and organizational behaviour, observe that organizations "which employ so many smart people … foster so much stupidity". The authors call this mix of intellect and ineptitude ‘functional stupidity‘, something they define as "the inclination to reduce one’s scope of thinking and focus only on the narrow, technical aspects of the job".