Date of Graduation

Fall 2014

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Robert Jones

Keywords

nepotism, scale development, culture, workplace attitudes, MTurk, India, United States, family employment

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

Nepotism—employment preference given to family members—has been seen as a problem for centuries. In spite of the prevalence of anti-nepotism policies, there have been almost no studies of attitudes toward nepotism itself or as experienced in the workplace. Two hundred twenty-five workers in the United States and India participated in an original questionnaire designed to assess these attitudes. Exploratory factor analysis, bivariate correlations, and multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA) were used to analyze the findings. Attitudes toward nepotism varied between national cultures on a collectivist/individualist dimension, with significantly higher tolerance in the more collectivist culture of India. It was also found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, people who encounter nepotism in their organization do not generally have negative reactions to it.

Copyright

© Mark A. Woolsey

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