Heterogeneity and Variability in the Context of Flow Lines
Doerr, Kenneth Howard
Mitchell, Terence R.
Schriesheim, Chester A.
Zhou, Xiaohua (Tracy)
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We propose a model in which between-individual differences in performance (heterogeneity) and within-individual differences in performance over time (variability) affect flow line performance. The impact of heterogeneity and variability is contingent upon the flow line context, particularly the rules of governing the way work moves between employees (work flow policy). We show how subtle changes in this policy can have a motivational effect on heterogeneity and variability and how these, in turn, and impact the relationship between work flow policy and flow line performance.
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