ABSTRACTSreedhari Desai, Arthur Brief, Jennifer George, "When Executives Rake in Millions: Meanness in Organizations", 2010
"The topic of executive compensation has received tremendous attention over the years from both the research community and popular media. In this paper, we examine a heretofore ignored consequence of rising executive compensation. Specifically, we claim that higher income inequality between executives and ordinary workers results in executives perceiving themselves as being all-powerful and this perception of power leads them to maltreat rank and file workers. We present findings from two studies - an archival study and a laboratory experiment – that show that increasing executive compensation results in executives behaving meanly toward those lower down the hierarchy. We discuss the implications of our findings for organizations and offer some solutions to the problem."
Kommentarer: Harvard Business Review 19 juni; Linda Beale, "Overpaying CEOs", 17 juli; Maxine Udall, "Trickle down meanness", 23 juli.