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Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice

Policing Nepotism and Cronyism Without Losing the Value of Social Connection
by Robert G. Jones and Tracy Stout


Volume 8  Issue 1

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Commentaries are due
August 25, 2014


Anti-nepotism policies are common in work organizations. Although cronyism appears commonplace, as well, official policing of cronyism is less common. We argue that social connection, sometimes in apparent nepotic and crony relationships, may add considerable value to organizations. We also argue that policing of nepotic relationships can be a form of unfair discrimination when the perception of inequity is being policed rather than its reality. Finally we will consider effective approaches that simultaneously preserve the value of social connection,  avoid the actual ethical breaches associated with some social connections, and avoid unfair discrimination on the basis of group memberships (in this case family and friends).



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