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Biased managers, organizational design, and incentive provision

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  • Moreira, Humberto Ataíde
  • Costa, Cristiano Machado
  • Ferreira, Daniel Bernardo Soares

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We model the tradeoff between the balance and the strength of incentives implicit in the choice between hierarchical and matrix organizational structures. We show that managerial biases determine which structure is optimal: hierarchical forms are preferred when biases are low, while matrix structures are preferred when biases are high.

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  • Moreira, Humberto Ataíde & Costa, Cristiano Machado & Ferreira, Daniel Bernardo Soares, 2004. "Biased managers, organizational design, and incentive provision," FGV/EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 525, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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