Can Technology-Enabled Advanced Monitoring Systems Influence Individual Performance and Team Dynamics

European Accounting Review, Forthcoming

48 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2022 Last revised: 26 Apr 2022

See all articles by Margaret A. Abernethy

Margaret A. Abernethy

University of Melbourne, Department of Accounting

Kevin Chin

National Australia Bank

Sujay Nair

The University of Melbourne

Naomi S. Soderstrom

University of Melbourne

Date Written: March 23, 2022

Abstract

Recent advancements in technology have resulted in more sophisticated employee monitoring systems. We study the impact of a technology-enabled advanced monitoring system deployed by the National Basketball Association and explore whether it serves a decision-facilitating role and/or a decision-influencing role at the individual-level. We find that the system impacts players’ playing strategy (i.e., a decision-facilitating role), but not their effort (i.e., a decision-influencing role). The impact on playing strategy increases average individual performance across the entire sample. We also find that the effect is somewhat greater for lower ability individuals in the first year of implementation. At the team-level, we find that system adoption is associated with a smaller dispersion of effort and a greater degree of specialization among individuals in a team. Our study has implications for the use of technology-enabled advanced monitoring systems in a range of industries.

Keywords: Monitoring systems, Decision-Facilitating, Decision-Influencing

JEL Classification: M41

Suggested Citation

Abernethy, Margaret A. and Chin, Kevin and Nair, Sujay and Soderstrom, Naomi S., Can Technology-Enabled Advanced Monitoring Systems Influence Individual Performance and Team Dynamics (March 23, 2022). European Accounting Review, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4064828

Margaret A. Abernethy

University of Melbourne, Department of Accounting ( email )

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Kevin Chin

National Australia Bank ( email )

Australia

Sujay Nair (Contact Author)

The University of Melbourne ( email )

Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria 3010 3010
Australia
+61-3-90353799 (Phone)

Naomi S. Soderstrom

University of Melbourne ( email )

Victoria
Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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