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

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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