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The Role of the Decision-Making Regime on Cooperation in a Workgroup Social Dilemma: An Examination of Cyberloafing

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Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, USA
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Business School, Nottingham University, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK
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College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
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Economic Science Institute, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, USA
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Academic Editor: Ananish Chaudhuri
Games 2015, 6(4), 588-603; https://doi.org/10.3390/g6040588
Received: 28 July 2015 / Revised: 21 October 2015 / Accepted: 29 October 2015 / Published: 5 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experimental Studies of Social Dilemma Games)
A burgeoning problem facing organizations is the loss of workgroup productivity due to cyberloafing. The current paper examines how changes in the decision-making rights about what workgroup members can do on the job affect cyberloafing and subsequent work productivity. We compare two different types of decision-making regimes: autocratic decision-making and group voting. Using a laboratory experiment to simulate a data-entry organization, we find that, while autocratic decision-making and group voting regimes both curtail cyberloafing (by over 50%), it is only in group voting that there is a substantive improvement (of 38%) in a cyberloafer’s subsequent work performance. Unlike autocratic decision-making, group voting leads to workgroups outperforming the control condition where cyberloafing could not be stopped. Additionally, only in the group voting regime did production levels of cyberloafers and non-loafers converge over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: autocratic decision-making; cyberloafing; group voting; social dilemma; workgroup performance autocratic decision-making; cyberloafing; group voting; social dilemma; workgroup performance
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Corgnet, B.; Hernán-González, R.; McCarter, M.W. The Role of the Decision-Making Regime on Cooperation in a Workgroup Social Dilemma: An Examination of Cyberloafing. Games 2015, 6, 588-603. https://doi.org/10.3390/g6040588

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Corgnet B, Hernán-González R, McCarter MW. The Role of the Decision-Making Regime on Cooperation in a Workgroup Social Dilemma: An Examination of Cyberloafing. Games. 2015; 6(4):588-603. https://doi.org/10.3390/g6040588

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Corgnet, Brice; Hernán-González, Roberto; McCarter, Matthew W. 2015. "The Role of the Decision-Making Regime on Cooperation in a Workgroup Social Dilemma: An Examination of Cyberloafing" Games 6, no. 4: 588-603. https://doi.org/10.3390/g6040588

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