The Effect of Nepotism on Hrm Essay

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The effects of nepotism on human resource management
The case of three, four and five star hotels in Northern Cyprus
Huseyin Arasli
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin, Turkey

Effects of nepotism on HRM 295

Ali Bavik
Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Cyprus International University, Mersin, Turkey, and

Erdogan H. Ekiz
Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential effects of nepotism on human resource management (HRM)
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Nepotism has been criticized mostly as being unprofessional. Its opponents have claimed that the rise of an intellectual, analytical approach to management spells the decline and ultimate extinction of nepotism. However, the aim of this paper is to show that despite allusions to the contrary, nepotism is alive in business organizations (Westhead et al., 2002; Parker, 2004; He, 2005), especially in less developed countries where it is a reality of life (Boadi, 2000). Nepotism is a very common behavior in service business life. The tourism and hospitality industry is no exception. Because of its intensive labour characteristics, tourism and the hospitality industry is heavily dependent on human involvement. Due to this dynamism, the impact of nepotism in service organizations is often witnessed and that favouring relations – nepotism – affects behavioral outcomes such as job satisfaction, quitting intensions and word of mouth communications in tourism organizations. This study is necessary and useful for three reasons; firstly, this study investigates the possible impacts of nepotism on multiple organizational dimensions, which is a relatively virgin area. Secondly, the effects of nepotism have mostly so far been examined at the macro level (Abdalla et al., 1998; Boadi, 2000; Nolan, 2005; Mutlu, 2000). The result is a paucity of empirical research, especially at the

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