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Random-promotion researchers look back

On the (approximate) anniversary of their receiving the Ig Nobel Prize in management, the co-winners send this photo taken during Ig week 2010 when most of that year’s winners gathered at Toscanini’s Ice Cream for a celebration. Andrea Rapisarda writes:

Almost one year ago: Ig Nobel prize 2010 for Management

A shot taken after we got the Ig Nobel prize 2010 for Management “for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random“. From left to right my colleagues Alessandro Pluchino and Cesare Garofalo with Marc Abrahams (the organizer of the prize ceremony) and myself.

Here’s video of their acceptance speech, back when:

Yes, that was Evelyn Evelyn bringing the prize to Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, who formally presented it to the winners.

BONUS: The team has been busy during that year, publishing two more studies that extend their prize-winning work.

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