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Nepotism in Organizations by Robert G. Jones

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Nepotism and Leadership

Ketan H. Mhatre

Claremont McKenna College

Ronald E. Riggio

Claremont McKenna College

Heidi R. Riggio

California State University, Los Angeles

Consider these two cases of nepotism and leadership:

•   England’s King Edward II was arguably England’s worst monarch. His father, Edward I (called “Longshanks”; both are depicted in the movie Braveheart), taught the young Edward statesmanship and warcraft from an early age. However, Edward II showed little interest in war or government, instead focusing on boating and craftmaking. He was considered by the court to have very poor leadership qualities. When Edward I died suddenly, Edward II ascended the throne. He was soon accused of giving too much authority and power to his ...

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