A journalist at the FT is writing a piece on the distorting effects of workplace cronyism and in-groups. She's looking for people with experience of, or who has done research on, this topic, e.g.
- Any evidence on how some people use/cultivate workplace allies and friends for self-serving purposes, e.g. creating an internal power base by favouring loyalists with preferential workloads and promotions.
- The impact this has on the morale and performance of other employees and organisational productivity.
- Whether there is any evidence that people are prepared to dump their moral codes for friends and the impact this has on workplace ethics.
- How to distinguish between work friendships that make the workplace a more pleasant place and friendships that subvert its purpose for self-interested ends.
She is also keen to hear about people's personal experiences of working in organisations where cronyism has got the upper-hand and what happened as a result, e.g. mis-allocation of budgets, disadvantaging talented people outside the in-group, suppression of independent voices with valid criticisms of management, overlooking of good ideas that don't come from the favoured few, wrong-doing that is allowed to flourish
Any thoughts and insights, send them over!