Seminars

Physical Attractiveness in the Workplace

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Margaret Lee
London Business School

11 December 2017 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Work in psychology and economics documents a robust attractiveness bias: People tend to attribute positive qualities and give better outcomes to attractive individuals. Research shows this bias exists in workplace-relevant decisions such as selection decisions, performance evaluations, and wages. However, much of this research is surprisingly lacking consideration for the organizational context. I present two projects that each examine a contextual factor that improves our understanding of how the attractiveness bias affects workplace behavior and outcomes. In the first, I present studies that show that when hiring for jobs that are considered to be relatively less desirable, the attractiveness bias is reversed such that selectors are more likely to hire a less attractive candidate. In the second project, I present evidence that shows that an additional path to advantage in organizations for attractive individuals is through their better interactions with coworkers. I propose that attractive individuals receive more help from their coworkers, which in turn positively affects their performance and outcomes. In all, this research highlights that well-established general conclusions from social psychology might change when we take organizational contexts into account.

When Two Heads Are Worse than One: Understanding the Costs of Co-Leadership

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Frederic Godart
INSEAD

7 November 2017 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 10:45 am to 12:15 pm


The present research examined the effectiveness of co-leadership, a situation where two individuals jointly occupy the same formally assigned role at the top of a hierarchy. We integrate insights from the social hierarchy and leadership literatures to present the Social Hierarchy Model of Co-Leadership. This model proposes that co-leadership generally hurts team performance because co-led teams are more likely than solo-led teams to suffer from coordination and conflict problems. However, our model also proposes that when the co-leaders have a strong relationship, this underperformance will disappear. Four studies using qualitative, experimental, and archival data support this model. Our qualitative study established the prevalence of co-leadership configurations and how co-leaders affect team processes and performance. Our experiment established causality: teams randomly assigned to have co-leaders were less creative than solo-lead teams. Archival analyses of mountaineering expeditions replicated the negative effects of co-leadership: co-led teams were more likely to experience a fatality than solo-led teams. Additional archival analyses of high-end fashion design teams replicated the negative effects of co-leadership and found that co-leadership no longer hurt creativity when the co-leaders were co-founders of their firm. The current data and the Social Hierarchy Model of Co-Leadership offer numerous theoretical and practical implications.

What’s in a frame? An in-depth exploration of the role of framing in fostering collaboration in the context of two environmental non-profits

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Simona GIORGI
Carroll School of Management, Boston College

18 October 2017 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 10:45 am to 12:15 pm


This study examines the role of framing in fostering a collaborative agreement between two environmental non-profits in the U.S. that aimed at saving a particular type of natural ecosystems, wetlands. Building on 87 interviews, 17 months of participant observation, and extensive archival data, I show that framing can be a double-edged sword that can promote, but also hinder collaboration between seemingly compatible organizations. Unlike previous work that focused on instances of success and portrayed framing as a strategic tool for persuading others, my analysis documents how framing initially resonated with what the intended recipient valued, but over time revealed a deeper-seated cultural difference in how such value was constructed. More specifically, differences in orders of worth, or principles used to construct the value of nature – either as something worthy per se or for the exchange and use value of its services – prevented collaboration between the two organizations. These findings shed light on the underpinnings of framing resonance, highlighting the complex cultural basis of inter-organizational collaboration.

Performance Consequences of Pay Dispersion: It Depends on Type of Incentive Structure and Workplace Sex Composition

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Mahmut BAYAZIT
School of Management, Sabanci University

17 October 2017 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 11:15 am to 12:45 pm


Pay Dispersion, variance of the pay distribution within the organization, is continuing to attract a fair amount of public attention as the gap between the CEO pay and the average worker has widened over the years despite calls and rules to increase transparency in executive compensation practices. Recently, Shaw (2014) called for more research on pay dispersion to understand whether and when high or low levels of dispersion is effective as well as the behavioral processes that mediate its’ effect on organizational performance (Shaw, 2014). In the present study to respond to this call we propose type of incentive structure [i.e., the extent to which employees are covered by individual (e.g., bonus) and/or collective incentive (e.g., gainsharing) schemes] and workplace sex composition as joint contingencies on the performance effects of pay dispersion. In addition, we draw on the Exit-Voice-Loyalty-Neglect (EVLN) framework (Hirschman, 1970) to examine the potential mediating mechanisms of dispersion-performance relationship. We analyze a unique employee-employer linked survey data collected in 2003 and 2004 from a sample of 3050 nationally representative for-profit organizations with more than 20 employees in Canada to test our hypotheses. Our analyses, consistent with our hypotheses, reveal that in workplaces with high individual but low collective incentive coverage, the marginal effect of pay dispersion on productivity was positive in male-dominated workplaces but negative in female-dominated workplace, suggesting that the competitive dynamics created by the combination of high pay dispersion and individual incentive coverage differ in their performance implications according to the sex composition of the workplace. In addition, the marginal effect of pay dispersion on productivity was negative in firms that utilized collective incentives regardless of the individual incentive coverage for both male- and female-dominated workplaces. Finally, voluntary turnover, employee training and absenteeism mediated this moderated relationship whereas labor actions did not. These findings offer valuable insights about dispersion-performance relationship and have important theoretical and practical implications.

Workplace courage: Turning good stories into good social science

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Jim Detert
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA

12 October 2017 - Room Bernard Ramanantsoa - From 10:30 am to 12:00 pm


Courage is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous concepts in the world. It has been written about extensively in philosophy, religion, throughout the humanities and, more recently, in psychology. Despite this, our understanding of “workplace courage” remains quite limited. This is an important gap, as those who teach leadership know that students/practitioners are compelled by a lay belief that courage is linked to leader effectiveness and other important outcomes. But, whether this is true, or what we might do to help leaders develop their courage if it is true, cannot meaningfully be addressed until we answer more basic and fundamental questions about workplace courage as a social science construct. In this talk I will therefore quickly review my motivations for studying workplace courage, the limited extant literature, and then present results from several initial studies undertaken (using multiple methods and a total sample over 6,000) to begin shedding light on the construct of workplace courage and how this construct might be pursued in future research. I am particularly interested in discussing with you how we might address the “perspective problem” more directly and satisfactorily in future research on courage (and many other organizational constructs).

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Charles-Henri BESSEYRE DES HORTS

Management and Human Resources

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