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Global perspectives on top management team pay structures

Mark Brown (Department of Management and Leadership, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA)
Barbara Minsky (Sorrell College of Business, Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama, USA)
Richard Voss (Sorrell College of Business, Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama, USA)
Eren Ozgen (Sorrell College of Business, Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama, USA)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relation between countries’ values of individualism/collectivism and organizations’ top management team (TMT) pay structures. Individualistic countries are expected to prefer more hierarchical TMT pay structures and collectivist countries are expected to prefer more egalitarian TMT pay structures. The manuscript also investigates the international implications of the relation between TMT pay structures and organizational performance. Specifically, it is proposed that a country’s level of individualism/collectivism will mediate the relation between TMT pay structure hierarchy and organizational performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A pooled sample of data from 56 organizations in 12 countries was used to investigate the research questions. Individualism/collectivism was measured using country specific individualism/collectivism scores and top management pay structures were operationalized using Gini coefficients. Organizational performance was evaluated using return on assets.

Findings

Support was found both for a preference for more hierarchical TMT pay structures in individualistic countries, and that a country’s level of individualism/collectivism mediates the relationship between an organization’s top management’s pay structure and company performance.

Originality/value

Findings demonstrate that organizations use pay structures consistent with their environments. Results suggest cultural dimensions can contribute to understanding cross-national TMT pay structures and that national culture plays a significant role in the relationship between TMT pay structure and company performance.

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Citation

Brown, M., Minsky, B., Voss, R. and Ozgen, E. (2017), "Global perspectives on top management team pay structures", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 183-195. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-09-2015-0038

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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