When your job wants you to lie

We all face pressure to fudge in our jobs: You have to sign that you have read and understand a long document that nobody has time to read, or you have to report figures for something that nobody has tracked so the best you can do is guess-timate. Leonard Wong and Stephen J. Gerras studied how one type of public manager–U.S. Army officers–are routinely required to misrepresent. For example, commanders were required to certify their troops completed 297 days of mandatory training, when only 256 days were available for training. My review of Wong and Gerras’ book is at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gove.12337/abstract (published version, paywalled) or https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/z5k4c (open access preprint).

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