MANAGEMENT: Goddess of Success

The swiftest path to success, according to business folklore, is to marry the boss's daughter. Not so, say two University of Chicago research sociologists. Marrying the boss's daughter can actually hold back a rising young executive.

After interviewing some 8,300 U.S. executives and many of their wives, Sociologists W. Lloyd Warner and James C. Abegglen reported in the current Harvard Business Review: "A laborer's son who marries the boss's daughter will land in a top management spot only two months sooner than if he married the girl next door. The farmer's son is much worse off: he can get to...

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