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How incentive systems arrived in Sweden: a tale of travelling ideas and ghost myths in action
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Medarbetarskap och organisatorisk resiliens, Followership and Organizational Resilience (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9138-6759
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Medarbetarskap och organisatorisk resiliens, Followership and Organizational Resilience (FORE))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1989-2745
University of Gothenburg, Sweden / Trondheim Business School, Norway.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, ISSN 1478-1484, E-ISSN 1741-8135, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 67-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes and explains how and why incentive systems began spreading in Sweden, despite the differences between the dominating business values in the USA (where incentive systems originated) and Sweden. A ghost myth in Sweden’s national business system explains why it happened when it did. Theories on travelling ideas underemphasise the fact that organisations/countries hold varying and competing ideas of suitable practices at the same time. Ghost myths are important alternative concepts which are activated when contextual circumstances arise for a shift in practices. This research is based on a hermeneutic and qualitative approach using texts and interviews and it highlights the role of ghost myths in terms of how ideas travel and how they are translated in different contexts.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 67-81
Keywords [en]
incentive system, translation, ghost myth, imitation, national business system, travelling ideas, Sweden, management fashion, income distribution, institutional theory
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Business Administration
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Followership and Organizational Resilience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16022DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2018.090413OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16022DiVA, id: diva2:1236194
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Forte 2010-0970, Belöningssystem i svenskt arbetsliv - möte eller krock mellan amerikanska och svenska ledningspraktiker?
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0970Available from: 2018-07-31 Created: 2018-07-31 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved

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