A Treatise on the Jackass in Academe: How Arrogance and Self-Centeredness Destroy the Credibility of Higher Education

Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2019). A Treatise on the Jackass in Academe: How Arrogance and Self-Centeredness Destroy the Credibility of Higher Education. Journal of Intercultural Management and Ethics, 2019 (Issue 2), 9-27.

34 Pages Posted: 1 May 2019 Last revised: 9 Jul 2019

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: March 24, 2019

Abstract

No word can adequately describe the extremely nasty, abrasive individuals one is likely to encounter in academe who consider themselves superior to others and feel that the rules of civility do not apply to them. These arrogant, self-important tormentors tend to emphasize other’s shortcomings and faults. The best term to describe them is “a-hole.” The venomous people described in this paper fall into many categories: the disciplinary elitist, the egotistical narcissist, the (so-called) expert, the academic workplace bully, academic indoctrinators, and the egocentric college leader. All of them can cause huge problems and create dysfunction in individual academic departments and the entire institution. They have damaged the reputation of higher education.

Keywords: higher education, disciplinary elitist, administrative bloat, workplace bully, academic indoctrinator

JEL Classification: I23, D83

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, A Treatise on the Jackass in Academe: How Arrogance and Self-Centeredness Destroy the Credibility of Higher Education (March 24, 2019). Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2019). A Treatise on the Jackass in Academe: How Arrogance and Self-Centeredness Destroy the Credibility of Higher Education. Journal of Intercultural Management and Ethics, 2019 (Issue 2), 9-27. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3362634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3362634

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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New York, NY 10010
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/friedman/

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