André Spicer's book is stirring up buzz among those weary of business balderdash. The #BusinessBullshit “journey” has already included “content” from BBC Radio 4's "Thinking Allowed," The Daily Telegraph, ABC Australia's "Best Practice", The Guardian, The Times, Aeon Magazine and the Financial Times.
Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables," stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice." Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that meaningless corporate jargon is killing our organizations.
In this book, management scholar André Spicer argues we need to call this empty talk what it is: bullshit. The book looks at how organizations have become vast machines for manufacturing, distributing and consuming bullshit. It follows how the meaningless language of management has spread through schools, NGOs, politics and the media.
Business Bullshit shows you how to spot business bullshit, considers why it is so popular, and outlines the impact it has on organizations and the people who work there. It also outlines what we can do to minimise bullshit at work. The author makes a case for why organizations need to avoid empty talk and reconnect with core activities. This provocative, lucid book is essential reading for professionals, researchers and managers.
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What do others have to say about Business Bullshit? Check out the below reviews:
"Unclear speaking is a sign of unclear thinking, and André Spicer is here to do something about it. He delivers a searing indictment of business jargon and some steps toward making us all a little smarter." — Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
"What makes Andre Spicer's work so irresistible is that in the midst of his irascible wit he gets to the heart of the nonsense that affects our work communication far more than we'd like to admit." — Bruce Daisley, Vice President Europe, Twitter
"We hear business bullshit all day. But few know how it started, where it comes from or what to do about it. André Spicer is funny and clever on the topic and we badly need his practical wisdom to win through." — Margaret Heffernan
"Anybody familiar with corporate life will find this book extremely amusing—until realizing that it is dead serious. The battle against bullshit is one worth fighting, even if you lose it. Read Spicer’s book, and engage." — Professor Martin Gargiulo, INSEAD
"We live in an age of rising panic surrounding the status of truth in our politics and society. In this brilliant polemic, André Spicer demonstrates that our economy has long tolerated empty sloganeering and meaningless jargon, making a small minority of gurus and consultants very rich, but leaving the vast majority of us with a sense of deep pointlessness." — William Davies, Reader in Political Economy, Goldsmiths
"Thorough and entertaining: Spicer's mirror for managers... Spicer is one of these rare business academics who really understands business but also manages to maintain a healthy distance. This enables him to hold up a mirror to managers as few people can. In an insightful and entertaining way, he exposes nonsense in the world of business—of which there is plenty. However, what I liked best about the book is that he doesn't stop there: he also carefully explains why it persists in companies. This is important, because it enables managers who grasp his analysis to cut out the costly bullshit from their firms, improve their organisations in the process, and create a competitive advantage." — Freek Vermeulen, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
"There is a good deal of bullshit in the academy, but fortunately academics are at the forefront of calling it out. André Spicer has taken up the baton." — Times Higher Education
Check out Spicer's article in the Harvard Business Review.
Andre Spicer recently won the Plain English Campaign Media Award 2017, for an article in the Daily Telegraph, 'Insidious Management Speak has infected the land, from our boardrooms to our school halls’.
Spicer says, "I'm delighted to receive the award. Management speak makes simple things complex. It drains the will to live from many office dwellers. By cutting back on business balderdash we could make our organisations more humane and more productive."
Read The Times article featuring Business Bullshit.
Read Spicer's via article Aeon Magazine.
Listen to Spicer's guest appearance on BBC Radio 4's "Thinking Allowed" podcast!