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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Carolyn Heinrich

False or Fitting Recognition? The Use of High Performance Bonuses in Motivating Organizational Achievements

2008. No. 4. P. 72–104 [issue contents]

This research undertakes a theoretical and empirical examination of “high  performance bonus” systems in government, that is, incentive payments awarded by the federal government to state organizations or statewide programs to motivate and recognize high performance achievements. The  paper draws from a multidisciplinary literature on incentives in organizations to first derive implications for the design and implementation of high  performance bonus systems. An empirical analysis of the Workforce Investment Act performance bonus system and its effectiveness in recognizing and rewarding performance follows. The results of the theoretical and empirical investigation suggest that high performance bonus systems are more likely to encourage misrepresentation of performance and other strategic behaviors than to recognize and motivate exceptional performance or performance improvements.

Citation: Heinrich Carolyn J. (2008) Priznanie oshibochnoe ili sootvetstvuyushchee dostizheniyam? Ispol'zovanie sistemy premial'nykh voznagrazhdeniy za dostizheniya v sfere gosudarstvennogo upravleniya [False or Fitting Recognition? The Use of High Performance Bonuses in Motivating Organizational Achievements] Public Administration Issues, 4, pp. 72-104 (in Russian)
Keywords: public regulation
ISSN 1999-5431
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