Knez, Marc and Camerer, Colin (1994) Creating Expectational Assets in the Laboratory: Coordination in 'Weakest- Link' Games. Strategic Management Journal, 15 (S1). pp. 101-119. ISSN 0143-2095 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20110211-095420093
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We study coordination games with multiple equilibria, in which players are penalized for picking numbers higher than the minimum anybody picks, and everyone prefers a larger minimum. 'Weakest-link' games like this model organizational situations in which the worst component of a product or process determines its overall quality. In experimental groups, the best equilibrium was reached infrequently. Aggregating two groups into a larger one always hurt. We argue that players' beliefs about what the minimum will be are an 'expectational asset' (or liability) which is socially complex, linking organization-level behavior and the resource-based view of the firm.
|Additional Information:||© 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Helpful comments were received from Ed Zajac and from participants in the lively working conference for this issue, held at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, June 1994.|
|Subject Keywords:||Coordination, experimental economics, resource-based view, group norms|
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|Deposited By:||Tony Diaz|
|Deposited On:||10 Mar 2011 20:58|
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