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Can the Theory of Incentives Explain Decentralization?

  • Michel Poitevin

This survey presents within a single model three theories of decentralization of decision-making within organizations based on private information and incentives. Renegotiation, collusion, and limits on communication are three sufficient conditions for decentralization to be optimal. Cet article présente dans un cadre unifié un survol de trois théories de la décentralisation de la prise de décision dans les organisations. Ces théories reposent sur la présence d'information privée et des incitations qui en découlent. La renégociation, la collusion et les limites à la communication représentent trois conditions suffisantes pouvant expliquer l'optimalité de la décentralisation.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2000s-32.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2000s-32
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