The Role of Task Meaning on Output in Groups: Experimental Evidence

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 Last revised: 19 Nov 2016

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Agnes Bäker

University of Zurich

Mario Mechtel

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Date Written: July 11, 2014

Abstract

Previous research has shown a detrimental effect of low task meaning on individual work output. This paper analyzes whether peer settings are able to counteract this negative effect of low task meaning. First, our results confirm that a low level of task meaning decreases individual output when working alone. However, this effect vanishes completely when working in the presence of a peer. Our analysis implies that organizing work in peer settings might be particularly beneficial in work environments with a low level of task meaning.

Keywords: task meaning, peer effects, experimental economics

JEL Classification: J20, J30, M50

Suggested Citation

Bäker, Agnes and Mechtel, Mario, The Role of Task Meaning on Output in Groups: Experimental Evidence (July 11, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2276648

Agnes Bäker

University of Zurich

Plattenstr. 14
Zürich, CH-8032
Switzerland

Mario Mechtel (Contact Author)

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

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Wilschenbrucher Weg 69
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany
+4941316772636 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.mario-mechtel.de

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