Mushroom management is a term used to describe a situation where management does not communicate properly with staff members, either purposefully or accidentally. The term alludes to management treating their staff like mushrooms in that they "keep them in the dark, feed them bullshit, watch them grow". The statement infers that management is making decisions without consulting the staff affected by those decisions, and possibly not even informing the staff until well after such decisions are made.
This phenomenon is an anti-pattern most commonly found in organizations which have a strict hierarchy and barriers to cross-organizational communication (especially those with a stovepipe organization) but can be found in any organization.
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