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Job title inflation

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Poo-bah (right), in the comic opera The Mikado, holds many grand titles including First Lord of the Treasury, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Backstairs and Lord High Everything Else.

Job title inflation is the increasing number and size of grandiose job titles in corporations and organisations.[1][2][3]

See also

  • Parkinson's Law


  1. ^ Schumpeter (24 June 2010), "Too many chiefs", The Economist
  2. ^ Adrian Furnham (14 May 1993), "Job title inflation hits the roof", Financial Times, p. 13
  3. ^ Graham Snowdon (2 March 2012), "The rise of the meaningless job title", The Guardian

Further reading

  • Baron, James; Bielby, William (1986), "The Proliferation of Job Titles in Organizations", Administrative Science Quarterly, 31 (4): 561–586, doi:10.2307/2392964, JSTOR 2392964
  • Best, Joel (2011), Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture, University of California Press, ISBN 9780520948488
  • Greenberg; Ornstein (1983), "High status job title compensation for underpayment", Journal of Applied Psychology, 68 (2): 285–297, doi:10.1037/0021-9010.68.2.285
  • Kortekaas, F.P.C. (28 September 2012), The effects of job title inflation on job performance, Erasmus University
  • Martinez, Arthur; Laird, Mary Dana; Martin, John; Ferris, Gerald (2008), "Job title inflation", Human Resource Management Review, 18 (1): 19–27, doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2007.12.002
  • Smith; Hornsby; Benson; Wesolowski (1989), "What Is in a Name: The Impact of Job Titles on Job Evaluation Results", Journal of Business and Psychology (3): 341–351
  • Strang; Baron (1990), "Categorical Imperatives: The Structure of Job Titles in California State Agencies", American Sociological Review, 55: 479–495, doi:10.2307/2095802
  • Tadelis (1999), "What's in a Name? Reputation as a Tradeable Asset", American Economic Review (89): 548–563