Monday, September 12, 2011

Thoughts on Favoritism

This article from MSNBC made my news feed today:

A survey recently released by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business that polled senior executives at large U.S. corporations found:

92 percent have seen favoritism at play in employee promotions.
84 percent have seen it at their own companies.
23 percent said they practiced favoritism themselves.
29 percent said their most recent promotion considered only a single candidate.
56 percent said when more than one candidate was considered, they already knew who they wanted to promote before deliberations.
96 percent report promoting the pre-selected individual.

“This survey reminds us that favoritism remains alive and well in the executive suite. Many playing fields still aren’t level,” said Lamar Reinsch, a professor of management at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

What do you think? Is this evidence of favoritism or just a really long interview?

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