The co-evolution of organizational performance and emotional contagion

Cowan, Robin, Jonard, Nicolas and Weehuizen, Rifka (2012). The co-evolution of organizational performance and emotional contagion. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Cowan, Robin
    Jonard, Nicolas
    Weehuizen, Rifka
    Title The co-evolution of organizational performance and emotional contagion
    Publication Date 2012
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract In this paper we model interactions between organizational structures, job stress, emotional contagion and organization performance. An organization is modelled as solving problems or performing tasks. Tasks enter the organization and can be addressed by a subset of its members. Organization structure determines which agents can address which problems. Members address the task by applying energy to it. An agent's available energy is determined by his stress level, which is in turn determined by his workload. However agents' stress levels are moderated by social interactions that take place in parallel to the work environment. Organizations can be structured as a group of specialized individuals or as hierarchies of varying depths. We explore the effects of organizational structure and social interactions on performance.
    Keyword Stress
    Emotional contagion
    Social networks
    Organization structure
    Productivity
    JEL L2
    M1
    M5
    D23
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2012
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