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Preferential Hiring and the Question of Competence

Michael Philips
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Feb., 1991), pp. 161-163
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25072143
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Abstract

It is widely believed that preferential hiring practices inevitably result in hiring less qualified candidates for jobs. Indeed, this follows analytically from some definitions of "preferential hiring" (e.g. George Sher's). This paper describes several preferential hiring strategies that do not have this consequence. Sher's definition is thus shown to be inadequate and an alternative definition is proposed.

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