Assigning Responsibility to Teams
2017-12-25 16:12:33
by Xinyu Li, Paderborn University

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Room 335, HSBC Business School Building


This paper provides a rationale for why holding responsible fewer rather than more members of a team increases team success. Team members can freely coordinate on who should do what. The outside world cannot observe what happened within the team but only whether the team was successful or not. In case of failure, one or several members of the team may be sanctioned. If the organization places little emphasis on protecting the right of `innocent' team members and team cohesion is low, holding the whole team formally responsible is optimal. Otherwise,  assigning responsibility to one member is optimal.