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The Moderating Effects of Task Complexity and Task Attractiveness on the Impact of Monetary Incentives in Repeated Tasks


Charles D. Bailey


University of Memphis

Nick Fessler


University of Texas at Tyler

November 2, 2008

Journal of Management Accounting Research, Vol. 23, 2011

Abstract:     
This study examines the interactive effects of task complexity and attractiveness on the effectiveness of explicit monetary incentives in promoting task performance. We provide theory for and find an interaction such that monetary incentives are more effective when tasks are less complex, but only when the task is viewed as relatively unattractive. In addition, by varying task complexity, this study extends Bailey et al. (1998), finding that when incentive pay leads to higher performance, it is through faster initial performance, not faster improvement

Keywords: Monetary incentives, Task attractiveness, Performance, Learning, Task characteristics

JEL Classification: M52

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Date posted: July 30, 2008 ; Last revised: December 10, 2012

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Bailey, Charles D. and Fessler, Nick, The Moderating Effects of Task Complexity and Task Attractiveness on the Impact of Monetary Incentives in Repeated Tasks (November 2, 2008). Journal of Management Accounting Research, Vol. 23, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1186422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1186422

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Charles D. Bailey (Contact Author)
University of Memphis ( email )
Memphis, TN 38152
United States
901 678-5614 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://profbailey.com
Nick Fessler
University of Texas at Tyler ( email )
Tyler, TX
United States
903-565-5733 (Phone)
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