Do Managers Matter: Evidence from E‐Sports

9 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020

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Dennis Coates

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Petr Parshakov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Sofiia Paklina

National Research University Higher School of Economics - International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy

Date Written: April 2020

Abstract

Growing importance of human resources places the role of managers at the core of company efficiency. However, there are studies that demonstrate the efficiency of teams without a manager, so‐called self‐managed teams, is higher comparing with managed teams. Thus, despite the focus on managerial efficiency in the economic literature, the issue of whether a team needs a manager is far from settled. In this paper, we use a quasi‐experimental setting from e‐Sports (competitive video gaming) to understand whether the hiring a manager is of benefit to team performance. The empirical part of the study is based on endogenous switching regression model. This method allows investigating what performance of self‐managed team would be if it will have a manager and vice versa. The dataset includes the information of prize money and features of top e‐Sports teams in Counter‐Strike: Global Offensive (e‐Sports discipline) from 2013 to 2017. The main finding of this study is that managed teams perform better than self‐managed ones but this is not due to the manager.

JEL Classification: Z2, M54, L25

Suggested Citation

Coates, Dennis and Parshakov, Petr and Paklina, Sofiia, Do Managers Matter: Evidence from E‐Sports (April 2020). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 304-312, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12442

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Sofiia Paklina

National Research University Higher School of Economics - International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy ( email )

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