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    Publication Date: 2018-07-03
    Description: The ability to accurately evaluate an employee would seem to be a key activity in managing Information Technology (IT). Yet, workers may engage in dishonest and misleading behavior, which distort the evaluation, a variation of organizational politics. Why would they do so? One hypothesis is that privilege-seeking, that is, managing one's managers (also called rentseeking, management relations, or organizational politics), can be used by a worker to misrepresent his actual contribution. These activities lead to a reduction in productivity and consequently to a loss of profits. Management may decrease the firm's losses by engaging in costly monitoring activities. It is paradoxical that a behavior with such negative consequences is tolerated. A model is developed to show that an organization should be composed of employees with different levels of productivity; moreover, it may be optimal for the organization to have some employees who are good at privilege-seeking activities, forcing the remaining workers to invest in productive activities. This contradicts existing theory that unequal compensation should be less motivating and the remaining workers less productive.
    Keywords: ddc:330 ; employee evaluation ; equity theory ; influence costs ; management relations ; multiple agent model ; monitoring ; Nash equilibrium ; privilege-seeking activities ; rent ; rent-seeking ; Arbeitsproduktivität ; Personalbeurteilung ; Rationales Verhalten ; Rent-Seeking ; Nash-Gleichgewicht ; Agentenbasierte Modellierung ; Theorie
    Repository Name: EconStor: OA server of the German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
    Language: English
    Type: doc-type:workingPaper
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