Burgeoning British appreciation of pseudo-profound bullshit

A new book—Business Bullshit, by André Spicer—follows in the tradition of the study that won the 2016 Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

That Ig Nobel Prize was awarded to Gordon PennycookJames Allan CheyneNathaniel BarrDerek Koehler, and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.” They published that study in the research journal Judgment and Decision Making (vol. 10, no. 6, November 2015, pp. 549–563).

André Spicer is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cass Business School, City University London. Some of his Business Bullshit is reprinted in today’s issue of The Guardian newspaper.

BONUS: Spicer’s professorial colleague, David Sims, was awarded the 2008 Ig Nobel Literature Prize, for Sims’s study called “You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations, That study was published in the research journal Organization Studies (vol. 26, no. 11, 2005, pp. 1625-40).

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