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The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics

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Coordination under the Shadow of Career Concerns

Alexander K Koch1 / Albrecht Morgenstern2

1Aarhus University,

2Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery),

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics. Volume 10, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1704, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1704.1627, March 2010

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A firm's innovation process requires employees to develop novel ideas and to coordinate with each other to turn the tacit knowledge embodying these ideas into better products and services. Such work outcomes provide signals about employees' abilities to the labor market, and therefore career concerns arise. The effects of career concerns can both be ‘good' (enhancing incentives for effort in developing ideas) and ‘bad' (preventing voluntary coordination). Our model shows how a firm can take these conflicting forces into account through the design of its explicit incentive system and the way it organizes work processes.

Keywords: career concerns; group incentives; knowledge work; reputation; teams

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