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HiPPO (highest paid person's opinion, highest paid person in the office)

Contributor(s): Ed Burns

HiPPO is an acronym for the "highest paid person's opinion" or the "highest paid person in the office."  The acronym is used to describe the tendency for lower-paid employees to defer to higher-paid employees when a decision has to be made.  

The term can also be used to describe an organization's reliance on human instinct rather than data in the decision-making process. 

This was last updated in December 2013

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