In this article, we describe a modified game of Charades that was developed to facilitate a discussion on the basic principles of effective reward system design. Students are organized into small groups. Incentive schemes are then manipulated so that one player within the group strives for an individual incentive, while the rest of the team play for a group reward. Through this simple and “fun” activity, students learn firsthand what happens when individual and team interests and incentives are not aligned. This experiential learning activity also offers excellent opportunities to discuss group dynamics, communication and coordination, and the importance of maintaining a systemic view of organizational performance.
Peacock, Shawn E.; Lopez, Patricia Denise; and Sukal, Marlon F.
"Individual Incentives versus Team Performance:
Lessons from a Game of Charades,"
Organization Management Journal: Vol. 4:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarship.shu.edu/omj/vol4/iss1/7