Malicious compliance

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Malicious compliance is the behaviour of intentionally inflicting harm by strictly following the orders of a superior knowing that compliance with the orders will not have the intended result. The term usually implies the following of an order in such a way that ignores the order's intent but follows it to the letter. It is usually done to injure or harm a superior while maintaining a sense of legitimacy.[1] A specific form of industrial action that utilizes this behavior is work-to-rule.

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  1. ^ "U.S. Set To Begin Massive Military Exercises in Qatar", transcript, NewsNight with Aaron Brown, Dec 6, 2002, retrieved June 7, 2007, Malicious compliance is when your boss tells you to do something and you do it even though you know it's not going to have the desired result.