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André Spicer
Professor of Organisational Behaviour, City University London

André Spicer is professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School at City, University of London, where he specialises in political dynamics, organisational culture and employee identity. He is the author of The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work (2016), co-written with Mats Alvesson. His latest book is Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement: A Year Inside the Optimisation Movement (2017), co-written with Carl Cederström.

Written by André Spicer

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
Had a good think lately?

Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?

André Spicer

Essay/
Work
Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer