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Harnessing the Power of Social Incentives to Curb Shirking in Teams

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  • Brice Corgnet

    (Emlyon Business School and Economic Science Institute, Chapman University)

  • Brian C. Gunia

    (Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University)

  • Roberto Hernán González

    (Burgundy School of Business, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté and Economic Science Institute, Chapman University)

Abstract

We study several solutions to shirking in teams that trigger social incentives by reshaping the workplace social context. Using an experimental design, we manipulate social pressure at work by varying the type of workplace monitoring and the extent to which employees engage in social interaction. This design allows us to assess the effectiveness as well as the popularity of each solution. Despite similar effectiveness in boosting productivity across solutions, only organizational systems involving social interaction (via chat) were at least as popular as a baseline treatment. This suggests that any solution based on promoting social interaction is more likely to be embraced by workers than monitoring systems alone.

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  • Brice Corgnet & Brian C. Gunia & Roberto Hernán González, 2020. "Harnessing the Power of Social Incentives to Curb Shirking in Teams," Working Papers 20-05, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
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    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics

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