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Soziologisches Institut Prof. Dr. Katja Rost

Why you should promote people randomly

A new study indicates hiring top performers on a competitive basis often backfires.

by Stephen Jones, Manament Today

The Volkswagen’s emissions fix, FIFA’s World Cup bribery case and Goldman Sachs’s 1MDB scandal are some of the more recent reminders of what can happen when organisations allow hubris to run riot, resulting in criminal charges, billion dollar fines and uncountable reputational damage. 

In a newly published study, a team of Swiss and German researchers have identified a potential solution that could help businesses avoid hubristic bosses: using a partly randomised process to select them. 

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