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Cooperation in contests: a model of mixed organizational culture

Reyniers, Diane J. (1996) Cooperation in contests: a model of mixed organizational culture. Rationality and Society, 8 (4). pp. 413-432. ISSN 1043-4631

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Identification Number: 10.1177/104346396008004004


We use a contest framework to investigate the nature of organizational culture. Organization members decide whether to participate in the contest and if they do participate they have two possible modi operandi: be helpful or not. We state sufficient conditions, in terms of contest design, for the existence of various types of organizational culture and we show the possibility (at equilibrium) of a mixed organizational culture, i.e. the coexistence of two subcultures: a helping one and an individualistic one. We find that cooperation emerges only when prize density is sufficiently high. However, in a mixed culture the degree of cooperation decreases in the number of prizes.

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Additional Information: © 1996 Sage Publications
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 10:13
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:34

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