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The Fight for the alpha position: channeling status competition in organizations

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A long-standing debate on incentive and reward schemes has taught us that employees are not motivated by money and resouces alone. A fundamental emotional motivator is the seeking for status and recognition. Traditional conceptualization of status-keeping behavior viewed it as a rational means by which to attain resources. The managerial implications were that by breaking the connection between status and resources - by making it clear that status would not lead to resources, managers could eliminate status-seeking behavior. However, the new research suggests that status is emotionally sought as an end in itself. The quest for status is deeply embedded , pervasive and powerful. It cannot be repressed, as was previously sugggested. Status competition can lead employees and managers to counterproductive behavior, such as suppressing others, withholding information, or wasting resources. But all is not lost, a conscientious management can also actively channel the status-seeking energy in positive directions, by manipulating the environment and the criteria and symbols of status within the organization. Rather than being a source of politicking and inter-group squabbles, the drive for status can be turned into a powerful motivator serving the interests of the group.

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