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What is Negative Selection?

 , updated on October 19, 2016
Negative selection is when a leader selects and promotes incompetence in order to prevent their position from being challenged. In its extreme form, negative selection is known to occur in dictatorships whereby a dictator may "purge" anyone who shows initiative or intelligence. Negative selection can also occur in a less extreme form within any organization as some managers may be hesitant to hire and promote those who compete with their own strengths.
Overview: Negative Selection
TypeOffice Politics
Authority
Definition (1)Hiring, promotions and other human resource decisions motivated by fear of competition.
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