Cooperation in a Company: A Large-Scale Experiment

Deversi, Marvin; Kocher, Martin G.ORCID: and Schwieren, Christiane (May 2020) Cooperation in a Company: A Large-Scale Experiment. IHS Working Paper Series 15, 57 p.

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We analyze cooperation within a company setting in order to study the relationship between cooperative attitudes and financial as well as non-financial rewards. In total, 910 employees of a large software company participate in an incentivized online experiment. We observe high levels of cooperation and the typical conditional contribution patterns in a modified public goods game. When linking experiment and company record data, we observe that cooperative attitudes of employees do not pay off in terms of financial rewards within the company. Rather, cooperative employees receive non-financial benefits such as recognition or friendship as the main reward medium. In contrast to most studies in the experimental laboratory, sustained levels of cooperation in our company setting relate to non-financial values of cooperation rather than solely to financial incentives.

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: cooperation, social dilemma, field experiment, company
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): C93, D23, H41, J31, J32, M52
Research Units: Former Research Units (until 2020) > Insight Austria
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 07:39
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 10:47

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