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Research » Blog Archive Stupidity, organizations, and the combination of stupidity and organizations all receive consideration in this study: “ A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations ,” Mats Alvesson , André Spicer [pictured here], Journal of Management Studies , vol. 49, no. 7, November 2012 pages 1194–1220. (Thanks to investigator Mats Andersson for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Lund University, Sweden and Cass Business School, London, UK, explain: “In this paper we question the one-sided thesis that contemporary organizations rely on the mobilization of cognitive capacities. We suggest that severe restrictions on these capacities in the form of what we call functional stupidity are an equally important if under-recognized part of organizational life. Functional stupidity refers to an absence of reflexivity, a refusal to use intellectual capacities in other than myopic ways, and avoidance of justifications.
The Future of the City 1: Cities in the Digital Age Today we begin our series on The Future of the City in partnership with design mind , a media platform examining trends in emerging technologies and global consumer culture, produced by designers, technologists, and strategists at frog . We’ll be bringing you one new article each day this week. Shibuya, Tokyo. Source: Gawashi999 / flickr Cities in the Digital Age , by Scott Nazarian , creative director at frog