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Tuesday, July 06, 2010 (Updated )

Meanness & Executive Pay

by The Metaist

This post is based on a submission by reader Phillip Vedol.

Summary

According to a recently published paper increases in compensation lead to increases in meanness among corporate leaders.

Manager

You talkin' to me?
(Photo: patrick_q at Flickr)

 

Commentary

The study's posits that "higher income inequality between executives and ordinary workers" leads to a perception of power that ultimately results in maltreatment of "rank and file workers" (p. 1). This follows the research on the relationship between power and lying and reinforces the image of powerful managers who abuse their position (e.g., Emmett Milbarage in Chuck).

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Have you experienced this sort of behavior? What about the opposite (magnanimous over-paid managers)?

See Also

Updates

2011-09-20

  • See The Power Trip at The Wall Street Journal for another discussion.