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Contextual factors and contingent reward leadership: employer adoption of telecommuting

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  • MARGARITA MAYO

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • JUAN CARLOS PASTOR

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • LUIS GOMEZ - MEJIA

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • CRISTINA CRUZ

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

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    Using a contingency perspective, this paper examines the conditions under which telecommuting is most likely to be adopted with data obtained from a sample of 122 CEOs. We hypothesized that telecommuting fits better in younger organizations, firms with a higher proportion of women and international employees in workforce, and companies that offer variable pay. We found evidence that confirm the prediction that telecommuting, a high proportion of international employees, and the use of variable compensation as an internal control mechanism tend to go hand in hand.

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    Paper provided by Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment in its series Working Papers Economia with number wp08-22.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp08-22

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