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)

Monday, March 17, 2014

So why did Mark Pigot really disappear?

Mark Pigot's short-lived role as CIO at the University of Newcastle has been in the news again.

ITNews has headlined their report "Uni of Newcastle CIO quits after three months".

So did he leave of his own accord?

"A university spokesperson declined to comment on Pigot's departure or specifics of the IT strategy, but said the IT roadmap was aimed at "building our position as one of the top universities in the world".

Did he feel somewhat overwhelmed by the task of getting the University of Newcastle to be placed as "one of the top universities in the world" (only 300 places to go)? 

Mark Pigot was previously employed by the University of Sydney and is now with Woolworths.  He previously gave evidence before the ICAC investigation into the "The recruitment of contractors and other staff by a university of Sydney IT manager".

1 comment:

  1. If a bridge is about to collapse you stop walking on it.