Looking after Number Two? Competition, Cooperation and Workplace Interaction

29 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2013

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Tim Barmby

University of Aberdeen - Business School

John G. Sessions

University of Bath; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alexandros Zangelidis

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Abstract

We build a model of worker interdependence in which two workers can either compete or cooperate and compare performance under either scenario to that of a single worker working in isolation. We show that whilst competition unequivocally reduces performance, cooperation may raise or lower performance. Employing a unique data set in which workgroups are comprised of either one or two workers, we are able to test explicitly for the presence of cooperation. We find empirical support for cooperative behavior.

Keywords: absence, worker interdependency

JEL Classification: J33, J41, J54

Suggested Citation

Barmby, Tim and Sessions, John G. and Zangelidis, Alexandros, Looking after Number Two? Competition, Cooperation and Workplace Interaction. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7803, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370769

Tim Barmby (Contact Author)

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John G. Sessions

University of Bath ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Alexandros Zangelidis

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

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Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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