Excessive work regimes and functional stupidity

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In order to understand why individuals accept and reproduce excessive time regimes, this paper addresses five key drivers: (1) intrinsic motivation, (2) extrinsic motivation, (3) organizational norms, (4) the principle of reciprocity, and (5) identity, including having the ‘true grit’ and belonging to the ‘elite’. It also points to how various elements in excessive work regimes – tendencies towards a closed occupational system, the combination of incentives and ego-boosting and limited time outside work – contribute to functional stupidity, making people disinclined to ask critical questions about work practices and norms, be self-reflective or imagine alternative forms of work organizations, careers or personal objectives.


External organisations
  • Hanken School of Economics
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration


  • Functional stupidity, identity, motivation, professional services, work regimes, working hours
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-296
JournalGerman Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number3-4
Early online date2018 Aug 7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug
Publication categoryResearch