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Mi. 05.06.2019

Public Lecture

In a variety of social contexts, measuring merit or performance is a crucial step toward enforcing meritocratic ideals. At the same time, workable measures are bound to obfuscate the fuzziness and ambiguity of merit, i.e., to reify performance into an artificially crisp and clear-cut thing, for example a rating. The talk explores how the reification of employee performance in organizations contributes to inequality in employee compensation. It reports the findings of a large-scale experiment asking participants to divide a year-end bonus between a set of employees, based on their annual performance reviews. In the experiment’s non-reified condition, reviews are narrative evaluations. In the reified condition, the same narrative evaluations are accompanied by a crisp rating of the employees’ performance. Accominotti shows that participants are willing to reward employees more unequally when performance is reified, even though their levels of performance do not vary across the two conditions. {…}

Fabien Accominotti is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.

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05.06.2019
17:00 Uhr

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MPIfG, Paulstr. 3, 50676 Köln

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MPIfG

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Fabien Accominotti, London School of Economics and Political Science

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