Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mark Pigot - short-lived Chief Information Officer

Mark Pigot has reappeared at Woolworths.

"Current - Program Manager at Woolworths Limited
Past - CIO at University of Newcastle"

He was appointed Chief Information Officer at the University of Newcastle (UoN) amidst the usual UoN fanfare - he was recruited to replace Mary Sharp.

Pigot only stayed for FOUR months - he was supposed to lead 
"the university's strategic plan to be a global leader in education, research and innovation by 2025" (CIO)

Did UoN's New Directions strategic plan  look unattainable? 
Did he disagree with the cuts that had to be made to achieve this plan? 
Was he dubious of the university's ethos when he got up close to it?
Did he disagree with the workplace culture?

Must have been a costly mistake for the upper ranks of management at the uni - he is not prepared to comment.  So how much money did they give him to keep him silent?


  1. A lot I gather. Let's face it the University's credibility is at an all time low.

    It was proposed a while back that the university almagamate with a larger university or simply be dissolved. The latter sounds more feasible if new managerial input has to bail within months of starting.

    The University's decline has been noticable for some time. Notice how the management take greater precedence than the actual gifted academics.

    Management answer to no one. In a healthy university this would be able to be rectified, yet we are looking at a system about to collapse. Their inability to listen and respond to the demands based on bullying and student welfare is based on the knowledge that the University is going under.

    A system that regularly destroys innocent people deserves to be destroyed.

    Newcastle is not the rich city it once was. Have a look at the equally shifty town council politics for proof.

    The authorities would rather ignore the inevitable and just get paid while it lasts. I don't blame them. It is not going to last much longer.

    I am looking forward to the time when the people whose job it was to educate me have to face the same career oblivion they forced me into.

  2. He was pushed out the door for being a loony and Bullying everyone

    1. He's still doing the same thing in his current position. Didn't know the Lord liked bullies.