Having a friend on an awards panel is a big advantage in getting nominated. But in most cases, it actually cuts the candidate’s chances of winning, according to an Academy of Management Journal article.

That’s because judges don’t want to be seen as playing favorites.

“You are under much more scrutiny on a jury. It creates more pressure when your decision is going to be publicly shared,” said Simone Ferriani of the University of Bologna and City University, London. “When you are under scrutiny you want to preserve your reputation.”

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