‘Nepotism’ and ‘favouritism’ have an international scale and negatively influence the economies of particular countries. Therefore, the current study analyses the attitude of Polish and Lithuanian employees working in private and public sector companies to these phenomena (this article presents only part of the results of the study, analysing nepotism and favouritism at the level of individual items, breaking down the respondents’ answers into percentages of approval and disapproval respectively). Research sample in our study involved 337 Polish and Lithuanian respondents, representing both public and private sector organisations. We used a closed-type questionnaire in our survey. Statistical differences between countries were calculated using the Chi-square criterion.
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Włodzimierz Sroka, PhD, is an associate professor at the Management Department of WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, and specialises in theoretical and practical issues relating to management and strategic management. He is the author of numerous scientific papers on strategic alliances, network organisations, strategy, the restructuring of companies, CSR and business ethics, as well as innovations and entrepreneurship
published in both Polish and international journals. He is also a member of the scientific councils of several journals (e.g. Deputy Editor in Chief of the European Journal of International Management) and conferences
organised by different European universities. He holds PhD, M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in management and marketing from the Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, as well as a D.Sc. degree (habilitation)
from the University of Žilina (Slovakia). Currently he combines his scientific activity with the position of CEO of a medium-size engineering company. He was previously employed in different managerial positions in both the steel and machine industries.
Jolita Vveinhardt is Chief Researcher, Professorof the Department of Management of the Faculty Economics and Management of Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). She is the author and co-author of three monographs, five scientific studies and six educational books. She has published more than 100 scientific articles on the topics of economics and management of organisations. She has presented more than 50 papers in national and international scientific conferences in Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Turkey and others. She takes part in national scientific-research projects, and conducts applied research in Lithuania and abroad. She is a member of the editorial
boards of 14 scientific periodicals. She is a member of the International Baltic Management Development Association, Lithuanian Educational Research Association, Lithuanian Quality Management and Innovation Association, Lithuanian Neuroscience Association, Lithuanian Trauma Psychology Association, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Lithuanian Neuroscience Association and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. For the past several years she has explored the phenomena of mobbing and nepotism, organisational climate and other aspects related to human resource management. Her main areas of research include destructive relationships among employees, organisational climate, value congruence, corporate social responsibility, decision making, neuromanagement, and human resource management.