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The blessings of stupidity. A stupidity based theory of organizations, work and life

Professor Mats Alvesson, Lund University, is visiting Aalborg University on February 4 where he will give an open lecture on: The blessings of stupidity. A stupidity based theory of organizations, work and life


04.02.2015 kl. 10.15 - 12.00


We often believe that intelligence, smartness, reflection and knowledge are key in contemporary organizations. But limiting critical thinking, reflection and asking about meaningfulness are also important virtues for a smooth working life. A key concept here is functional stupidity - a key quality in contemporary society.

All are welcome!

Please see the following article as well as the research paper for inspiration before the lecture

Mats Alvesson is professor at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University, at University of Queensland Business School and a visiting professor at Aalborg University.

He has worked within the following areas:

  • Management and organization of knowledge work and knowledge-intensive firm
  • Organizational culture and identity
  • Leadership
  • Identity constructions in organizations
  • Power in organizations
  • Reflexive and qualitative methodolog
  • Critical management studies
  • Gender and organization
  • Organizational change processes
  • Discourse analysis

He has published a large number of books on a variety of topics, including The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press 2013), Interpreting Interviews (Sage 2011), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (with Dan Kärreman, Sage 2011), Reflexive Methodology (with Kaj Skoldberg, Sage 2009), Doing Critical Management Research (with Stan Deetz, Sage 2000) Understanding Organizational Culture (Sage 2013), Understanding Gender and Organization (with Yvonne Billing, Sage 2009), Postmodernism and Social Research (Open University Press 2002).


Kroghstræde 3, room 1.104