nepotism

  

Definition

Practice of appointing relatives and friends in one's organization to positions for which outsiders might be better qualified. Despite its negative connotations, nepotism (if applied sensibly) is an important and positive practice in the startup and formative years of a firm where complete trust and willingness to work hard (for little or no immediate reward) are critical for its survival.

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  • Jack was rightly accused of nepotism when he only interviewed his two best friends for the new position with the company.

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  • A lot of people feel like the careers of Will Smith's children are undeserved results of nepotism since their parents are well known in the entertainment industry.

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  • John knew that he was going to give Laura, his sister, a job at his new company (even if other interviewees were more qualified) because he believed in nepotism.

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