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I saw an article a few months ago that explain a company's practice of randomly choosing management via lottery. The employee would manage his peers for some fixed amount of time until the next management raffle. The writer went on to explain in detail why this worked better than the traditional expert-manager model.

I'm completely unable to remember where I read this, and unable to get useful results from Google. Does anyone recall seeing this? I'd really like to find it again.


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hehe sometimes it seems like management already acts randomly! –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Aug 8 '11 at 20:42
oh wait, that's not what you meant. ;) –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Aug 8 '11 at 20:42
I'm guessing that the company who implemented this policy has gone out of business - that's why you can't find the article - whoever wrote it took it down in shame. –  Jarrod Nettles Aug 8 '11 at 20:44
I think we found a manager. –  JeffO Aug 8 '11 at 20:55
Is this a project or team leader? –  JeffO Aug 8 '11 at 20:56

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You may have read something reporting on the IgNobel prizes, specifically the 2010 Management prize.

MANAGEMENT PRIZE: Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random.

REFERENCE: “The Peter Principle Revisited: A Computational Study,” Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo, Physica A, vol. 389, no. 3, February 2010, pp. 467-72.

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Thanks! What I read was an actual practitioner, rather than a theoretical study. –  bukzor Aug 8 '11 at 23:19

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