Intragroup competition in subjective performance evaluation – The case of creative group performance

Posted: 25 Oct 2023

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Patrick Brkovic

University of Muenster

Christopher Albert Sabel

BI Norwegian Business School

Stephan Nüesch

University of Münster

Date Written: October 23, 2023

Abstract

Subjective performance evaluation (SPE) has been widely adopted to assess employee performance in creative group tasks. However, the role of intragroup competition in SPE remains ambiguous. We experimentally test how SPE schemes that induce different levels of competition into groups impact performance in creative tasks. We employ a forced rating system (FRS) and an unrestricted rating system (URS) as SPE treatments evoking different levels of intragroup competition. We find that groups under high intragroup competition (i.e., FRS) experience a higher creative performance than those under low intragroup competition (i.e., URS). In both phases of the creative process, namely idea generation and selection, groups under an FRS outperform groups under a URS. A post-experimental video analysis of the collaboration behaviors in the experiment reveals that, under SPE, intragroup competition reduces free riding while not evoking detrimental collaboration behaviors associated with intragroup competition in objective performance evaluation schemes.

Keywords: subjective performance evaluation, intragroup competition, collaboration, forced rating system, group creativity

JEL Classification: M40, M52

Suggested Citation

Brkovic, Patrick and Sabel, Christopher Albert and Nüesch, Stephan, Intragroup competition in subjective performance evaluation – The case of creative group performance (October 23, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4611414

Patrick Brkovic (Contact Author)

University of Muenster

Schlosspl. 3
Münster, North-Rhine-Westphalia 48149
Germany

Christopher Albert Sabel

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0442
Norway

Stephan Nüesch

University of Münster ( email )

Schlossplatz 2
Muenster, D-48149
Germany

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