Fostering Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Public Recognition

Last registered on March 31, 2024


Trial Information

General Information

Fostering Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Public Recognition
Initial registration date
December 03, 2023

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
December 06, 2023, 8:55 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
March 31, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.


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Primary Investigator

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
PI Affiliation

Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
In this study we aim to investigate the efficacy of non-monetary incentives, specifically public recognition, in stimulating Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) among employees. Our study explores how non-monetary recognition influences employees’ willingness to engage in behaviors that are beneficial but not contractually required, such as assisting colleagues and participating in work-related events. We posit that public recognition by management can signal the value of OCB to both the firm and peers, thereby fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual support.To test our hypothesis, we will implement a controlled intervention in a corporate setting, where a subset of employees will receive a symbolic certificate of recognition for displaying OCB. We will measure the impact of this recognition on various indicators of employee engagement and organizational effectiveness.
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Registration Citation

Castro, Silvia, Hoa Ho and Maren Mickeler. 2024. "Fostering Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Public Recognition." AEA RCT Registry. March 31.
Experimental Details


Exogenously vary recognition of collaborative behavior at the workplace
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Organizational Citizenship Behavior, knowledge sharing, and productivity.
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Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The intervention involves the issuance of awards to employees in the treated work locations, acknowledging their supportive behaviors towards colleagues and the organization. Selection of awardees will be based on evaluations from both coworkers and supervisors, ensuring a comprehensive assessment of the employees' contributions.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
We implement matched-pair cluster randomization, with the defining clusters being the bank branches where our units of interest (i.e. the employees) work.
Randomization Unit
Branches (work-centers)
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Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
1300 employees
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
39 per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
ESSEC Research Ethics Committee
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