Confronting Indifference Toward Truth: Dealing with Workplace Bullshit

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McCarthy, I. P., Hannah, D., Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, J. M. (2020). Confronting indifference toward truth: Dealing with workplace bullshit. Business Horizons, 63(3), 253–263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2020.01.001.

Date created: 
2020-02-07
Identifier: 
DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2020.01.001
Keywords: 
Bullshit
Workplace bullshit
Lying
Jargon
Fake news
Organizational communication
Corporate culture
Abstract: 

Many organizations are drowning in a flood of corporate bullshit, and this is particularly true of organizations in trouble, whose managers tend to make up stuff on the fly and with little regard for future consequences. Bullshitting and lying are not synonymous. While the liar knows the truth and wittingly bends it to suit their purpose, the bullshitter simply does not care about the truth. Managers can actually do something about organizational bullshit, and this Executive Digest provides a sequential framework that enables them to do so. They can comprehend it, they can recognize it for what it is, they can act against it, and they can take steps to prevent it from happening in the future. While it is unlikely that any organization will ever be able to rid itself of bullshit entirely, this article argues that by taking these steps, astute managers can work toward stemming its flood.

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The full text of this paper will be available in February, 2023 due to the embargo policies of Business Horizons. Contact summit@sfu.ca to enquire if the full text of the accepted manuscript can be made available to you.

Language: 
English
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Article
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