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Nepotism in Organizations by Robert G. Jones

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The Cultural Boundary of Managing Nepotism

Guillermo Wated

Barry University

Juan I. Sanchez

Florida International University

Nepotism refers to the preferential treatment provided to others (e.g., relatives, friends, acquaintances) by an agent in a position of power when such preferential treatment is motivated by the beneficiary’s relationship with the agent rather than by merit (Conway, 2004; Jones, 2006; Padgett & Morris, 2005; Singell & Thomton, 1997). The benefits of nepotism range from favorable evaluations leading to wage increases to preferential hiring. From a merit-based perspective, this practice may be regarded as unethical since it involves the abuse of one’s position in the interest of one’s family or one’s in-group, thereby leading ...

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