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Managerial Incentive Systems: Reasons Behind Use and Design
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Managerial incentive systems have for a long time been criticized by different fields within the academia for contributing to a short-term focus among managers, which undermines the long-term interest of shareholders. Despite the critique put forward by business scholars and behavioral scholars, short-term structures are still prevalent within managerial incentive systems. This study explores why large cap firms have not aligned their managerial incentive systems to the critique from business scholars and behavioral scholars. Furthermore, this study aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the existence and development of managerial incentive systems. In order to address the aim of the study, eight small case studies were conducted at eight large cap firms. The findings of the study indicate that short-term structures are considered pivotal in attracting and retaining managerial talent, directing the attention of managers to important targets in generating shareholder value and motivating the managers to perform at the top of their capacity. Furthermore, the study shows that the short-term structures, criticized within the academia, are reinforced and institutionalized by stakeholder pressure and organizational contingencies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
Managerial incentive systems, short-term structures, agency theory, motivation crowding theory, institutional theory, stakeholder pressure, qualitative approach
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256321DiVA: diva2:825011
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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