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On Broadway and strip malls: how to make a winning team

  • Bel, Roland
  • Smirnov, Vladimir
  • Wait, Andrew

A successful organization - or Broadway production - needs the right team. A potential issue is that an existing synergy between complementary agents (or assets) can reduce the marginal return of effort, creating a disincentive to invest. While agents always prefer to be in a team of complementary workers, a principal may wish to use non-complementary agents; this can occur if the loss from lower investment is sufficiently large. A principal, however, may opt for non-complementary agents when complementary workers would produce greater surplus. These insights have implications for job rotation, the centralization versus decentralization of decision making and mergers.

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Paper provided by University of Sydney, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-14.

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