A theory of status and coordination in organizations

Lam, Wing Man Wynne (2021) A theory of status and coordination in organizations. Oxford Economic Papers, 73 (2). 837–855. ISSN 0030-7653

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Firms can motivate workers by offering them social status. Much of the literature argues that a rise in status is a powerful work incentive while ignoring its impact on coordination. This article shows that when workers need to collaborate while having individual vested interests, status differences may reduce the organization value by distorting efforts from different workers. However, status differences can increase the organization value when status effects changes in both authority allocation and cost of taking actions amongst workers. These results have practical implications for human resource management and promotion policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics and econometrics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Responsible Business Regulation Group
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Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 23:56
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 02:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76396
DOI: 10.1093/oep/gpaa025


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