How Much Does a Good Boss Really Matter?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's harder than you'd think to measure the value of a boss. But some enterprising economists have done just that -- and the news is good.


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John from Minneapolis

Given the experimental procedure described, i would have to make the same observation i make about pretty much all non-double blind studies, which is that there are confounding factors, ascertainable and unascertainable, that could just as easily account for all of the results. For instance, some managers might be in a position to get onto the more effective projects (through nepotism, their own insight, or some other means), which make their employees appear more effective either in terms of return on investment, or by allowing leverage of different technologies.

Jan. 01 2013 01:34 PM

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