Italian Scientists Win Ig Nobel for Random Promotion Theory

Posted by Paige Tintle

August 02, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Last year Career-Line introduced you to the Peter Principle and the three Italian scientists who bucked the system with their own take on the Peter Principle. University of Catania scientists Andrea Rapisarda, Cesare Garofaloa and Alessandro Pluchino’s random promotion theory says that an organization that promotes employees at random, as opposed to by merit is more efficient, as reported by Business Standard’s Leslie D’Monte in Funny Ideas Can Make You Think.

Random Promotion 300x225The Random Promotion theory was awarded an Ig Nobel, which honors “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think and in the process spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology',” says Italian news site Life in Italy.

Would random promotions at your company make your work harder than you work now, less than you work now, or have no affect on your work habits? Answer in the comments below.