Building Organizations That Work

It’s hard to find fault with the concept of equality. To this day, no one in his right mind would ever claim to prefer a stratified social structure to an egalitarian one. Yet, in practice, people sometimes actually favor hierarchical relationships over equal ones, according to a recent study by Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Larissa Z. Tiedens and Emily M. Zitek, an assistant professor at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School. That’s because hierarchical relationships are easier for people to grasp and manage, making them feel more successful.

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