The eighth session of the Faculty Working Paper Series was held on August 24, 2021 through the Virtual platform. The presentation was made by Mr. D.I.J. Samaranayake from the Department of Management Studies on the title, “Organizational Mission Drift, Pro-Sociality, & Employees’ Effort: An Experiment”. The event was graced by the Dean of the Faculty, Heads of the Departments and the Academic Staff members. The brief abstract of the paper is given as follows.
This study evaluates the impact of organizational mission drifts on its employee’s efforts through an online experiment. It introduced three parameters into the existing model of mission matching in determining the impact of organizational mission drift on employee’s utility and effort. Therefore, the new model predicts that the employee’s mission utility decreases when the degree of mission match decreases as a result of the variations in the magnitude of mission drift. Then the experimental data provided evidence to support the theoretical predictions as respondents who experienced a mission drift tend to exert effort in between the effort levels of mission-matched and mismatched individuals. Further, the study found that the respondents with a similar degree of pro-sociality demonstrate a clear improvement in the effort made on duties in both mission match and drift compared to a mission mismatch.