Mittwoch, 15. Mrz 2017, 12:00 - 13:30 iCal

Gastvortrag von Viola Saredi (Univ. Trento)

Keep focused on what your public organization needs

Besprechungsraum AOW-Psychologie (NIG, 6. Stock, Raum D0607)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


This experimental study explores whether the coexistence a heterogeneity of explicitly or implicitly incentivized goals distorts civil servants’ decision-making process, and affects their cooperative effort. The research consists of two distinct studies in the laboratory. Study 1 investigates the interaction among a group of peers (public managers/employees), who can select and contribute to either an explicitly or implicitly incentivized goal, each implemented as a public good. The latter goal involves the whole organization and is more difficult to achieve; nevertheless, it ensures a higher monetary reward. Study 2 relies on a similar public good structure, but introduces a hierarchical distinction between public managers and employees, who have conflicting interests. As employees benefit from their contribution to the implicitly incentivized goal while managers benefit from employees’ contribution to the explicitly incentivized one, managers can try to affect employees’ decisions either to their own advantage or to the advantage of the overall organization by punishing them.

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Prof. Dr. Erich Kirchler


Elisabeth Dorfinger
Fakultät für Psychologie