Self-Managed working time and employee effort: theory and evidence.

Beckmann, Michael and Cornelissen, Thomas and Kräkel, Matthias. (2015) Self-Managed working time and employee effort: theory and evidence. SOEPpapers, 2015 (768). Berlin.

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This paper theoretically and empirically examines the impact of self-managed working time (SMWT) on employee effort. As a means of increased worker autonomy, SMWT can theoretically increase effort via intrinsic motivation and reciprocal behaviour, but can lead to a decrease of effort due to a loss of control. Based on German individual-level panel data, we find that SMWT employees exert higher effort levels than employees with fixed working hours. Even after accounting for observed and unobserved characteristics there remains a modest positive effect. This effect is mainly driven by employees who are intrinsically motivated, suggesting that intrinsic motivation is complementary to SMWT. However, reciprocal work intensification does not seem to be an important channel of providing extra effort.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Personal und Organisation (Beckmann)
UniBasel Contributors:Beckmann, Michael
Item Type:Working Paper
e-ISSN:1864- 6689
Number of Pages:52
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Last Modified:05 Apr 2018 15:30
Deposited On:05 Apr 2018 15:30

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