Confronting Indifference Toward Truth: Dealing With Workplace Bullshit

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Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business

David Hannah

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Leyland Pitt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jane McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business

Date Written: January 1, 2020

Abstract

Many organizations are drowning in a flood of corporate bullshit, and this is particularly true of organizations in trouble, whose managers tend to make up stuff on the fly and with little regard for future consequences. Bullshitting and lying are not synonymous. While the liar knows the truth and wittingly bends it to suit their purpose, the bullshitter simply does not care about the truth. Managers can actually do something about organizational bullshit, and this Executive Digest provides a sequential framework that enables them to do so. They can comprehend it, they can recognize it for what it is, they can act against it, and they can take steps to prevent it from happening in the future. While it is unlikely that any organization will ever be able to rid itself of bullshit entirely, this article argues.

Keywords: Bullshit, Bullshitting, Fake News, Misinformation, Lying, Workplace Bullshit, Organizational Communication, Corporate Culture, Leadership

Suggested Citation

McCarthy, Ian P. and Hannah, David and Pitt, Leyland and McCarthy, Jane, Confronting Indifference Toward Truth: Dealing With Workplace Bullshit (January 1, 2020). Business Horizons, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614550 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3614550

Ian P. McCarthy (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

David Hannah

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Leyland Pitt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jane McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Colombia V5A 1S6
Canada

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