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October 11, 2003

Test your own son?
Posted by razib at 11:33 PM




They still do handwriting analysis? I was under the impression that these analyses (sans for specific neurological hypotheses) had little validity.

Posted by: Alex B. at October 11, 2003 11:49 PM


I was under the impression that these analyses (sans for specific neurological hypotheses) had little validity

Graphology is a bogus science. Yet 5 - 10% of US companies still use it for hiring decisions.

Posted by: Jason Malloy at October 11, 2003 11:57 PM


I don't think the tests for "neuroticism" and all the rest are worth all that much either. This whole article is a laugh. Why should anyone believe that a 30 year old guy who didn't start his own business should have what it takes to run such a major corporation?

It's obvious that the only reason the young Murdoch is even in the running is because he's the son of the biggest shareholder. This is going to be a coronation, not a contest.

Posted by: Hanno Buddenbrook at October 12, 2003 02:47 AM


I don't think nepotism is all bad; for one thing, that Murdoch's father has such a big stake in the firm should ensure his undivided loyalty to its long term future, which isn't often the case with CEOs hired from outside.

Still, I maintain that there never has been any doubt that the younger Murdoch will eventually be crowned CEO, and I imagine that anyone else who is contacted by the headhunters to apply for the position will think he's being asked to take part in a meaningless charade.

Who knows whether or not Murdoch's son will lead the firm on to greater heights? I certainly don't. What I do know is that the pretence that this is an open audition is just ridiculous. This is as done a deal as they come.

Posted by: Hanno Buddenbrook at October 12, 2003 05:35 AM


It's his company - he owns a controlling share of NewsCorp stock so he can do whatever he pleases with it, including hand it on to his son

Nepotism and capitalism are inseparable

Posted by: ToOmUchWoRK at October 12, 2003 02:27 PM