Relative Target Setting and Cooperation

Posted: 13 Jun 2019

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Martin Kamil Holzhacker

Michigan State University

Stephan Kramer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Michal Matejka

Arizona State University

Nick Hoffmeister

Independent

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Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

A large stream of work on relative performance evaluation highlights the benefits of using information about peer performance in contracting. In contrast, the potential costs of discouraging cooperation among peers have received much less attention. The purpose of our study is to examine how the importance of cooperation affects the use of information about peer performance in target setting, also known as relative target setting. Specifically, we use data from an industrial services company where business unit managers need to share specialized equipment and staff with their peers to manage bottlenecks in their capacity. We construct several empirical proxies for the costs and benefits of information about peer performance and examine their effects on target setting. We find robust evidence that the sensitivity of target revisions to past peer performance is higher when peer group performance has greater capacity to filter out noise but lower when the importance of cooperation among peers is greater.

Keywords: relative performance evaluation; target setting; incentives; cooperation

JEL Classification: M21; M41; M52

Suggested Citation

Holzhacker, Martin Kamil and Kramer, Stephan and Matejka, Michal and Hoffmeister, Nick, Relative Target Setting and Cooperation (March 1, 2019). Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3396059

Martin Kamil Holzhacker (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Stephan Kramer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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Netherlands

Michal Matejka

Arizona State University ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3706
United States
480-965-7984 (Phone)

Nick Hoffmeister

Independent ( email )

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