Nepotism in Organizations

Nepotism in Organizations

by Robert G. Jones
     
 

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There is a huge elephant in the room: organizational decisions are often based on family relationships, rather than on the ‘rational’ approach advocated by many professionals. Textbooks on Human Resources, Management, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Public Administration, and a host of related areas seem to have entirely missed this important

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There is a huge elephant in the room: organizational decisions are often based on family relationships, rather than on the ‘rational’ approach advocated by many professionals. Textbooks on Human Resources, Management, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Public Administration, and a host of related areas seem to have entirely missed this important aspect of organizational decision making. This book seeks to change all of this. By clearly identifying and defining nepotism in organizations, this book pulls back the curtain on the primary basis for many of the important things that really happen in organizations, large and small. The authors skillfully weave examples of nepotism in real organizations with the usual scholarly textbook topics (hiring, leadership, employment law, career search, culture, etc.) in a way that defines an entire new field of quantitative organizational research. This new book in SIOP's Organizational Frontiers series represents the first time IO psychologists have looked at the important subject of nepotism in organizations.

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"Nepotism in Organizations is a first in I/O psychology. Jones and his chapter contributors have covered a wide range of topics related to nepotism, clarified definitions and issues related to nepotism in organizations, and made a number of suggestions for research. ... [This book] should be on every I/O psychologist's bookshelf. For the practioner, the book gives insights for interventions to minimize its positives. For the academic and graduate student, the book provides a wealth of interesting ideas to think about and possible research topics." - Stephen M. Colarelli, Central Michigan University, USA, in Personnel Psychology

"Nepotism has probably been a common approach to employing people since the inclination to use organized labor in order to get work done. But as made clear by this book edited by Bob Jones, it is also the modus operandi of many businesses today, whether it’s an entrepreneur starting a business, a patriarch running a family firm or even, in several parts of the world, a large multi-divisional enterprise. When it comes to having people work for us, we often favor clansmen over strangers. The lesson is clear: anyone who wants to gain a more complete understanding of the real "world" of work must definitely read this book." - Richard Klimoski, Dean of the School of Management, George Mason University, USA

"In many organizations, the elephant in the room issue has been the brother-in-law in the room. With this volume, we have the cogent and instructive treatment of organizational nepotism we’ve needed for so long." - Robert B. Cialdini, Author, Influence: Science and Practice

"Most companies in the world are nepotistic and quite effective. Further, the longest-lived companies are nepotistic, and they need to take survival into account when considering what performance really is all about, as contrasted with milking the cow to death, which public companies are very good at. This subject has not been covered well elsewhere and is a pervasive phenomenon about which there is little good scientific evidence and scant philosophical argument." - Dr. Joseph Astrachan, Kennesaw State University, USA

"This interesting and engaging book sheds further light on ‘the secret life of organizations’; it shows once more that many real organizational practices are astonishingly self-defeating—something our textbooks deny but Freud predicted." -Robert Hogan, PhD. , President, Hogan Assessments

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415882767
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 2.30(d)

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