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The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) have made studies on the effectiveness of combat crews in AFV's (Armoured Fighting Vehicles). What they found was that one character quality degraded the effectiveness of the whole crew more than anything: If a person was sloppy. If the rest of the crew held a certain standard, but one of the crew member didn't care, disregarded safety and didn't share the other persons values, the total effectiveness of the crew suffered. I think this is important for projects and business environments in general.


I don't disagree that this is a real, measurable problem. But other real, measurable problems have been studied ad nauseum (chronic late and over budget software projects, e.g.) and yet they still persist. Why? Because the conditions that drive these practices persist-- and even get worse. I'd argue that the conditions that foster asshole behavior will also persist (and likely get worse) so merely drawing attention to it, even through meaningful research studies, won't result in a reduction.

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