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Gossip and Organisations




Location: Room A130, College Building, City University London, EC1V 4PB.

Gossip is a ubiquitous but much maligned phenomenon in organisations. It is historically and stereotypically seen as trivial talk, generally perceived to be something to be ignored or managed as a problem in the workplace. Yet public inquiries into organisational failure and corporate scandals reveal that poor practice and unacceptable behaviour is often something that 'everybody knows'. Such informal knowledge is often communicated as gossip and in corridor and coffee shop conversations. 

In her new book 'Gossip and Organisations', Dr Kathryn Waddington, a psychologist in City University's School of Health Sciences provides a new evidence-based framework incorporating ethics, emotion, sensemaking and power which allows organisations to effectively harness informal knowledge.

In this seminar Dr Waddington will be joined by a panel of leading policy influencers, academics and practitioners who will reflect upon their experiences and perspectives of gossip in and about organisations. 

  • A Practitioner Perspective: Sam Philpott, Emergency Services Matron, University College Hospital
  • A Policy Perspective: Sue Slipman, former Chief Executive, The Foundation Trust Network
  • An Organisational Culture Perspective: Ad van Iterson, Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at The University of Maastricht
  • A Governance Perspective: David Welbourn, Visiting Professor in Health Systems Management, Centre for Health Enterprise, Cass Business School

Wine and nibbles will be served.

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6.00pm - 8.30pmWednesday 21st November 2012

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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