I’ve been having wrestling with the issue of Nepotism and its rational role in organizations and politics for some time. Most recently I have been having a good dialogue with a colleague about the problems arising from criminalizing nepotism.
“I cannot say that whether Nepotism is a crime or not but definitely it brings decline in the value system while hiring is done in government, quasi government, public or private sector. As a result the quality of human resource is compromised & principle of “right person for the right job” is defied. It also deprive competent people of the employment opportunity. Normally such appointments are done at senior positions & people already working at such places aspiring for these positions are denied the right to vertical mobility within the organization which demotivate them thus resulting in effected performance.”
My colleague is right, no doubt. Nepotism can certainly be destructive, and places (imaginary) loyalty to individuals over organizational effectiveness.
I have written a few things that look at that side of the issue:
Favoritism and the Alien is my favorite.
While I am no apologist for nepotism and its destructive results, I can see both sides of the problem and, like the rest of the world, am struggling to find a responsible policy pathway.
However, I am clear that criminalizing all forms of poor choices is not the pathway to wisdom.
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