Task Allocation and Corporate Performance : is There a First-Mover Advantage?

Armbruster, Kathrin and Beckmann, Michael and Kuhn, Dieter. (2012) Task Allocation and Corporate Performance : is There a First-Mover Advantage? WWZ Discussion Papers, 2012 (07). Basel.

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Although the performance effects of multitasking were analyzed intensively in the past, little is
known about the impact of the adoption time of multitasking on corporate performance. Possibly,
the quantity of the reorganization is crucial and early movers experience a comparative competitive
advantage; but also quality effects could dominate and late adoption is beneficial. The present
paper examines the performance effects of the implementation time of teamwork and job rotation using two nationally representative Swiss firm-level datasets. To account for potential endogeneity,two separate two-stage estimation strategies are applied. According to the results, there are slight late-mover disadvantages when implementing teamwork. In contrast, the influence of the adoption of job rotation heavily depends on the observation time, though late adoption is mainly associated with lower performance. These findings indicate that there are both quantity and quality effects, dependent on how established and complex the multitasking instrument is.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Personal und Organisation (Beckmann)
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UniBasel Contributors:Beckmann, Michael and Armbruster, Kathrin
Item Type:Working Paper
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