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Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2005 Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Individuell lönesättning : och universitetsprofessorernas arbetsmotivation (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Background: All companies and organizations use some kind of management control. A reward system is an example of a management control system, which is used to accomplish congruence between the goals of the employees and the goals of the organization. It is also used in order to motivate the employees and to encourage them to stay within the organization. Today it is difficult for companies and organizations to create and maintain well-functioning reward systems. At many universities individual pay is used as a means of a control system in order to motivate the employees. The public sector has specific characteristics that complicate its pay systems. This affects universities since they are a part of the public sector.

Purpose: The purpose is to investigate if the individual pay used at universities results in expected effects, that is, if it motivates professors in their work. The purpose is also to explain why professors are motivated/not motivated by individual pay.

Research method: The material has been gathered by interviews with eight professors at the University of Linköping.

Conclusion: It is difficult to use individual pay in order to motivate university professors in their work. Professors rather seem to be motivated by non-material rewards than by material such. In addition, individual pay systems can have defects that lessen the possibility of motivating professors. However, if professors have the tendency to be motivated

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2005.
Keyword [en]
Business and economics, Individual pay, reward system, management control system, motivation, university, professor.
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2711ISRN: LIU-EKI/IEP-D--05/010--SEOAI: diva2:20052
Available from: 2005-02-16 Created: 2005-02-16

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