Finding Team Mates Who are Not Prone to Sucker and Free-Rider Effects: The Protestant Work Ethic as a Moderator of Motivation Losses in Group Performance

40 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2005

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Susanne Abele

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Michael Diehl

University of Tubingen

Date Written: 14 2005, 10

Abstract

This study examines the contribution of a personality variable in motivation losses in group performance. Differences in the endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic can account for variance in motivation losses in group work. Male student scores on the Mirels- Garrett Protestant Work Ethic Scale and Hos Australian Work Ethic Scale as well as different preferences for reward distributions were used as moderator variables. The study tested motivation losses in a situation that was designed to provoke the free-rider effect and in a situation that was designed to provoke the sucker-effect. Results showed that different facets of the Protestant Work Ethic have different effects on behavior in group work situations: Whereas approval of the equity principle moderates the sucker-effect, belief in work as a value moderates the free-rider effect.

Keywords: group-productivity, motivation-losses, Protestant work ethic

JEL Classification: M, M10, L2, M12

Suggested Citation

Abele, Susanne and Diehl, Michael, Finding Team Mates Who are Not Prone to Sucker and Free-Rider Effects: The Protestant Work Ethic as a Moderator of Motivation Losses in Group Performance (14 2005, 10). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2005-053-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=828174

Susanne Abele (Contact Author)

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Michael Diehl

University of Tubingen ( email )

Mohlstrasse 36
D - 72074 Tuebingen
Germany

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