Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127292
Authors: 
Grout, Paul
Schnedler, Wendelin
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics 474
Abstract: 
How does the environment of an organization influence whether workers voluntarily provide effort? We study the power relationship between a non-profit unit (e.g. university department, NGO, health trust), where workers care about the result of their work, and a bu- reaucrat, who supplies some input to the non-profit unit, but has opportunity costs in doing so (e.g. Dean of faculty, corrupt representative, government agency). We find that marginal changes in the balance of power eventually have dramatic effects on donated labor. We also identify when strengthening the non-profit unit decreases and when it increases donated labor.
Subjects: 
donated labor
intrinsic motivation
non-profit organizations
power within organizations
JEL: 
J32
H11
H42
M52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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