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Managers as administrators: Reputation and incentives

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  • Dasgupta, Amil
  • Sarafidis, Yianis
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    In many firms managers play the role of administrators, adding value by successfully implementing solutions to problems that the firm may face. We model the career concerns of administrators. When administrators receive the same information but differ in their administrative abilities, we show that they may not choose tasks that are appropriate for the problems they face. In particular, in any pure strategy equilibrium of our model, administrators do not condition their behavior on any of their private information, despite the fact that they are risk neutral and know their administrative ability. We thus identify a novel source of incentive conflicts in firms. We also examine the robustness of these results to various extensions.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 (May)
    Pages: 155-163

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:70:y:2009:i:1-2:p:155-163

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    Keywords: Incentive conflicts Career concerns Reputation Conformism;

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    1. Singell, Larry D. & Tang, Hui-Hsuan, 2013. "Pomp and circumstance: University presidents and the role of human capital in determining who leads U.S. research institutions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 219-233.

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