Nepotism at Schools in Armenia: A Cultural Perspective

22 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2014

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Meri Avetisyan

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Varsenik Khachatryan

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Date Written: November 12, 2014

Abstract

This paper discusses the issue of favorable treatment of fellow teachers’ children at Armenian schools. It demonstrates that this behavior is a part of schools’ institutional culture, and is being accepted as a normative behavior. The paper attempts to interpret this situation by using dominant value orientation in Armenian society, explaining why the majority of participants conform to unwritten rules of loyalty towards colleagues and criticize a few who attempt to break the cycle of institutional corruption.

Keywords: Corruption in education, nepotism, culture, colleague’s child, institutional corruption

Suggested Citation

Avetisyan, Meri and Khachatryan, Varsenik, Nepotism at Schools in Armenia: A Cultural Perspective (November 12, 2014). Edmond J. Safra Working Papers, No. 51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2523541

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Varsenik Khachatryan

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

124 Mount Auburn Street
Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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