Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 6(5), pp. 291 - 298
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2018.060502
Reprint (PDF) (243Kb)


An Academic Review of Employee Behavior Management


Robin S. McCutcheon *
Division of Finance & Economics, Lewis College of Business, Marshall University, USA

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to review the origins of behavioral economics and its use in employee behavior management and human resource management theory to impact production and output growth in companies by influencing employee behavior. Early research economists, Oliver Williamson and William Ouchi, used classical labor theory and the theory of the firm to analyze employee behavior management within the firm and within industry structure to determine the most effective way of increasing production output and growth. Their early research prompted the area of behavioral economics. Subsequent researchers in academics outside economics, like sociology and business management, used behavioral economic theory as a springboard to delve into the inner workings of employee behavior management. A close review of this research reveals a dichotomy in employee behavior control. The majority of research has been done in circumstances with enhanced employee behavior control as the premier mode of production output and growth, while too little research has been done under systems employing a more hands-off approach of employee behavior management. The recommendation of this review is that more research in employee behavior management should be done in the latter circumstance.

KEYWORDS
Personnel Economics, Labor Economics, Labor Management and Worker Empowerment

Cite this paper
Robin S. McCutcheon . "An Academic Review of Employee Behavior Management." Advances in Economics and Business 6.5 (2018) 291 - 298. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2018.060502.