Competition, Cooperation, And Corporate Culture
Source: University of Zurich
Teamwork and cooperation between workers can be of substantial value to a firm, yet the level of worker cooperation often varies between individual firms. The authors show that these differences can be the result of labor market competition if workers have heterogeneous preferences and preferences are private information. In the model there are two types of workers: selfish workers who only respond to monetary incentives and conditionally cooperative workers who might voluntarily provide team work if their co-workers do the same. They show that there is no pooling in equilibrium, and that workers self-select into firms that differ in their incentives as well as their resulting level of team work.