Individual vs. Group Rewards LO10191

Dr Ilfryn Price (
Fri, 27 Sep 1996 06:20:35 -0400

Replying to LO10157 --

To Jeff who asked, concerning pay for peer performance


I'm trying to imagine what would happen, and what I come up with is a
mixed bag: I can imagine it would foster team work & cooperation, but also
the possibility of resentment if a "high-producer" feels his/her
compensation is lowered by a "low-producer". Also, I can see this
fostering a "teaching environment", where people share their expertise and
encourage the learning of others. On the other hand, this arrangement
seems to entail a great commitment to the development of each individual,
and I wonder if there needs to be a way to weed out individuals who just
can't or won't "measure up".


In the organisation I got the idea from [one VP describing it to me is all
the data I had] what happened was a company that outperformed all others
in its industry on the ROCE measure. It also scores second in the world
and as four of the top ten were in Spain last time I looked I suspect that
industry enjoys a regulated market in Spain.

More generally what I am describing is the model of professional
partnership. Some succeed very well out of it. Others don't. It does have
a powerful norming effect but can obviously norm upwards. Maybe a
collection of stars is not the best performing team. Maybe some of the
'High performers' you mention are also part of the group of individuals
you mention who have to be weeded out because they just can't or won't
measure up. Now there's a thought to play with which has only just
occurred to me.

Whilst on the new thread Thanks Philip for Vygotskian psychology. I
enjoyed your report on those experiments and agree all the conclusions you
drew [LO10121 FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT]. As a one time Star Trek Groupie I
cannot though help wondering if there is a difference between a Vygotskian
and a Vulcan. Maybe they both have senses on the world denied to most of

If Price
Active Personal Learning
Pewley Fort Guildford UK


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