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Integration Through Incentives Within Differentiated Organizations

Authors/Editors: Kretschmer, T.
Puranam, P.
Published: 2008
Type: Articles in Refereed Journals (International)
ISBN/ISSN: 1047-7039
Published by: Organization Science
: 19(6), pp. 860-875

Abstract

Drawing on the concepts of organizational differentiation and integration, we present a formal analysis of the manner in which these two consequences of specialization shape the effectiveness of collaborative incentives in complex organizations. We show that ignoring the coordination challenges created by differentiation does not merely impede the achievement of gains from integration through incentives, but can lower organizational performance below the levels achieved when such gains are simply ignored. Thus, treating interunit collaboration purely as a problem of motivating cooperation can be counterproductive. We describe implications in the context of interdivisional relationships and postmerger integration.