Planning, Box-Ticking, and Meetings

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While functional stupidity is a key resource for an organisation, it can also do conspicuous harm. It can lead to meaningless and non-productive work being undertaken: writing plans, ticking boxes, endless meetings take over. Often there is a stark clash between the official version of events and the lived realities. For individuals, functional stupidity turns […]

Image or Education?

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Today, many schools have fallen victim to image obsession. In the past, teachers had relatively high levels of autonomy. They concentrated their energies on educating students. But as a result of constant educational reforms, schools are now more and more focused on various auditing exercises. In the UK, the event that most head teachers worry […]

So Much Writing

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Today, we seem to face a situation in scholarly publication where, to parody the words of Winston Churchill: Never before in human history have so many had so little to say to so few. Mats Alvesson & André Spicer, The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work (London: Profile Books, 2016), Loc […]

The Aberration of Tribalism

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[The] new tribalism is an aberrant form of reception of the fact that the boundaries of the church have become more porous. For this tribal and sectarian mentality, the redefinition of boundaries means not a more welcoming church, a church whose doors are always open to let people in, but a church whose doors are […]

Faith Not Ideology

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Hierarchical Catholicism in the United States does not always seem comfortable with Gaudium et Spes because it is a document that is not about power and authority but about salvation and liberation. The assonance between Gaudium et Spes and Pope Francis is not accidental. There is surely a problem of conflating faith with conservative ideology, but it […]