Read Jeffrey Pfeffer's The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First (Harvard Business School Press). It presents a cogent argument, with lots of examples, in favor of building a great company by rewarding your people. Chapter 5 ("Ten Reasons Why Smart Organizations Sometimes Do Dumb Things") specifically looks at the argument for promoting from within.
Actuarial Careers Inc., (914) 285-5100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Evolutionary Technologies International Inc., (512) 327-6994, http://www.eti.com
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