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ERIC Number: EJ843583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
The Effects of Individual and Group Monetary Incentives on High Performance
McGee, Heather M.; Dickinson, Alyce M.; Huitema, Bradley E.; Culig, Kathryn M.
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v19 n4 p107-130 Dec 2006
This study examined whether high performers performed better (a) under individual and group incentive pay than under hourly pay and (b) under individual incentive pay than under group incentive pay. Participants were 11 college students. An ABCDC within-subject design was used in which A was hourly pay with individual feedback, B was individual incentives with individual feedback, C was individual incentives with individual and group feedback, and D was group incentives with individual and group feedback. Participants performed better under both individual and group incentive pay than under hourly pay (p less than 0.01). They did not significantly decrease performance when switched from individual to group incentives, but increased their performance when switched back to individual incentives (p less than 0.01). Individual incentive pay was rated as the most preferred and most satisfying of the three pay systems, and group incentive pay as the least preferred, least satisfying and most stressful. These data suggest that high performers perform better under individual than group incentive pay after exposure to both and are highly likely to prefer individual incentive pay. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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