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Journal articles (2022), Strategic Management Journal, 43 (5), pp. 935-963

Power To The People: The Benefits And Limits Of Employee Self-Selection In Organizations

KETKAR Harsh, WORKIEWICZ Maciej

One of the key features of boss-less organizations is self-selection, where each employee is allowed to both initiate and join projects freely. While this approach has been gaining in popularity within many big and small organizations, we have a limited understanding of its properties, limitations, and key mechanisms. In this paper, we analyze the efficacy and boundary conditions of employee self-selection with respect to project selection and employee allocation. Our results suggest that the relative balance between an organization's human capital and the number of opportunities it faces plays a critical role in determining the advantages of self-selection, which performs better when human capital is scarce relative to opportunities. We also examine common policies that organizations use to further improve the efficacy of self-selection. Link to the article

KETKAR, H. and WORKIEWICZ, M. (2022). Power To The People: The Benefits And Limits Of Employee Self-Selection In Organizations. Strategic Management Journal, 43(5), pp. 935-963.

Keywords : #organization-design, #boss, #less, #self, #selection