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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 organizatio ...more
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Published September 20th 2017 by Routledge
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm looking forward to the follow-up, "Academic Bullshit", and its undoubted contribution to the "epistemological discourse". ...more
Peter Geyer
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that this title was a little confronting for me, not because I'm averse to swearing as my language can be colourful but it was a little too out there for me, however appropriate a word it was for the book's topic. Having said that, I think that "BS" is overly prurient, and never use it; Americans tend to, at least in the media, which is curious in a way.

In some respects, this book could be seen as a companion to On Bullshit, by the American philosopher Harry Frankfurt, also in m
Rasmus Tillander
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paskanjauhantabisnes on karua mutta kevyttä luettavaa. Organisaatio -ja johtajuustutkija Spicer soveltaa filosofi Harry Frankfurtin "paskanpuhumisen" ja antropologi David Graeberin "hevonpaskatöiden" käsitteitä analysoidakseen nykyistä organisaatiomuutosten, strategioiden, innovoinnin ja markkinointigurujen luomaan neokratiaa, uuden valtaa.

Spicerin mukaan paskapuhe, eli puhe joka pyrkii tarkoituksellisesti usealla tavalla irrottautumaan todellisuudesta, on levinnyt politiikkaan, yksityiselle ja
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, borrow
The book was entertaining to read, with a lot of connection points to experiences both in the business and academic worlds. Some sections are, however, a bit black-and-white and bash some concepts with an unnecessary intensity. Some of the ideas on "post-truth" discourse can be found in this book, which was written just before the public interest on the topic arose a few years back. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viihdyttävää luettavaa harvinaisemmasta näkökulmasta. Lukemisen arvoinen koska ilmiötä harvemmin otetaan esille bisneskirjallisuudessa.
Vesa Linja-Aho
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Niin hyvä kirja että tämä ansaitsee ihan kunnon lehdessä julkaistun arvion. Stay tuned :).
Juho Autio
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sori mutta eihän tää suomennettuna toimi ollenkaan. Ei kukaan puhu vaikka ”porautumisesta” (alkup. drill down?).
Malakai TOHI
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have a read. All of the company euphemisms adopted by your colleagues is actually corporate claptrap.
Don Dealga
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cut the crap! Spicer reads as thoroughly hacked off with corporate jargon and management fads. While agreeing with much of his argument, he does sometimes grate with his persistent and often angry polemic. However, he does try to marshall evidence from research & "the literature" to support his arguments, and this is very appropriate given his beef with the unsubstatiated, un-evidenced nature of many of the fads he so vicously lambasts. He is not just trying to be flippant or facetious either. H ...more
Antti Tähtinen
A thin book on hollow talk.
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André Spicer is Professor at Cass Business School, City University London and the co-author or co-editor of five books. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Financial Times, Times, Independent and CNN.

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