Networking, Corruption, and Subversion
This paper explores the ethics of networking as a means of competition, specifically networking to improve one’s prospects of prevailing in formal competitive processes for jobs or university placements. There are broadly two ways that networking might be used to influence the outcome of some such process: through the “exchange of affect” between networker and selector, and through the demonstration of merit by networker to selector. Both raise ethical problems that have been overlooked but need to be addressed.
KeywordsCronyism Favouritism Meritocracy Networking Personnel selection Unstructured interviews
This research project was not funded or sponsored by any institution.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
Research Involved in Human Rights
No human studies were involved in this research.
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