Leadership Dialogue with André Spicer and Saku Mantere

If We All Hate Business Jargon, Why Do We Keep Using It?

Watch the Leadership Dialogue with André Spicer and Saku Mantere that took place during the MBA Next 50 Celebration.

If We All Hate Business Jargon, Why Do We Keep Using It?

A Leadership Dialogue with ANDRÉ SPICER, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass Business School, City, University of London, and SAKU MANTERE, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM).

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Topics Discussed

  1. What is Business Bullshit? (5:10)

  2. What does Business Bullshit do? (17:56)

  3. Organizational Stupidity and Organizational Knowledge (33:33)

  4. Cutting the Bullshit in Business Life (39:58)

  5. Business Research and Education: Piled higher and Deeper? (50:16)

About the event

Date: May 26, 2018 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Donald E. Armstrong Building, 3420 McTavish 

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.

André Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass Business School, City, University of London. He is an expert in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Professor Spicer has done work on organizational power and politics, organisational culture, employee identity, the creation of new organizational forms, space and architecture plays at work and leadership. His work looks at a wide range of settings including knowledge intensive firms, financial institutions, seaports, universities, libraries, media organizations, and new social movements. 

​Saku Mantere is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management. Following work as a high school philosophy teacher and telecommunications engineer, he completed his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management in his native Finland. Prior to joining McGill, Saku taught at the Warwick Business School, UK; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Rouen Business School (now NEOMA Business School), France and Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), Finland.