Professor Barry Gerhart will be visiting SMG between May and July 2015 as the Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor

Meet Professor Barry Gerhart – the SMG’s Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor in 2015.

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Later this year (May-July) Professor Gerhart will be visiting SMG as an Otto Moensted Visiting Professor. This time his talk is organized by the HRM@CBS network in cooperation with Dansk Industri. Furthermore, On February 20th Professor Barry Gerhart will also have a research seminar at SMG. 12:00 am – 1:15 pm at Kilen, room K2.75


“Pay, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Performance, and Creativity in the Workplace: Revisiting Long-Held Beliefs”


Pay for performance (PFP) and extrinsic rewards in general have received relatively little attention in the organizational behavior/psychology literature on work motivation. What attention is received often takes the form of raising cautions about the potential harmful effects of PFP on (intrinsic) work motivation, as well as on creativity. We critically assess the theory and evidence that have provided the basis for such arguments. We seek to provide a more accurate view of how extrinsic rewards such as PFP operate in the workplace and how they influence workplace motivation, creativity, and performance. We also document how social determination theory and creativity theory have recently undergone major changes that better recognize the potential positive influence of extrinsic rewards such as PFP. Finally, we identify areas in need of further research.


Barry Gerhart is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Management and Human Resources at the Wisconsin School of Business. He holds the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Human Resource Studies at Cornell and as Area Coordinator for Organization Studies at Vanderbilt. Professor Gerhart is widely recognized for his research in human resource management, compensation, staffing, and international management. This talk is based on the paper by Gerhart/Fang forthcoming in the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior

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