George Baker, Robert Gibbons, Kevin J. Murphy

From Incentives to Control to Adaptation: Exploring Interactions between Formal and Relational Governance

Volume 179 () / Issue 3-4, pp. 500-529 (30)
Published 30.11.2023

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In 1991 we began to model interactions between formal and relational incentive contracts. We saw this work as agency theory. By the time the paper was published (BGM, 1994), we had begun to view the research agenda more broadly – with connections to organizational culture, the theory of firms' boundaries, and more. Eventually, we built from this initial work, analyzing delegation within organizations as necessarily informal and moving beyond relational agency to structuring relationships (where parties choose their formal governance structure to facilitate their relational contract). In this essay we sketch theoretical, empirical, and methodological lessons we learned during this twenty-year journey.

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