Gainsharing and women's and men's relative pay satisfaction

Mary E. Graham, Theresa M. Welbourne

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There is some evidence that women have equal or higher pay satisfaction than similarly situated men, even though they may earn less than these men. Using Major's (1994) model of entitlement, this study examined gender differences in pay satisfaction in two companies before and after gainsharing bonus programmes were introduced. Results indicated that women had higher pay satisfaction than men prior to the introduction of gainsharing and there was some evidence that this difference was greater among lower-paid employees. Women did not exhibit higher pay satisfaction after gainsharing was introduced. The potential association of gainsharing with changes in female-male pay satisfaction is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1027-1042
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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