CEO Pay, Motivation and the Meaning of Money
University of Reading - Henley Business School
March 1, 2012
Informed by agency theory, the dominant theory and practice of CEO pay both exclude non-monetary incentives and treat money itself as pure exchange value. Drawing on the economics of non-monetary incentives and the sociology of money, we use qualitative evidence from UK FTSE100 CEOs, to challenge and supplement this perspective. We conclude that for these CEOs even incentive pay acts more as security than as incentive and that the monetary (exchange) value of pay matter less than its symbolic values and significantly less than peer group recognition and respect, personal achievement, job satisfaction, and the challenge of beating corporate competitors.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: CEO, executive pay, sociology of money, incentivesworking papers series
Date posted: March 15, 2012
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