An official publication of the Incentive Research Foundation

From the IRF President, Melissa Van Dyke:
Three years ago, the Incentive Research Foundation launched its Vision2020, a blueprint for the future, ensuring we would continue to lead the incentive and recognition industry with actionable research and education. To do this, we made a commitment to focus on cultivating community and collaboration in the global incentive and recognition industry, to amplify the use of IRF research and education in all business disciplines, and to increase the incentive and recognition research both produced and used by academia and business. I am so pleased the culmination of these efforts has led to the production of the world’s first journal focused on academic research into incentives, rewards,recognition, and motivation in the workplace. We anticipate this academic review to be both a testing ground for outstanding academic work on motivation occurring within academia and a beacon for interested academics looking to further understand this body of work.

The IRF Quarterly Academic Review is written by
Allan Schweyer, IRF Chief Academic Advisor. 

  • Volume 2, Number 1
    Spring 2019

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    This issue of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review contains: 
    Pre-Release Research Summary: The Interactive Effect of Reward Type and Employee-Firm Identity on Instrumental-Symbolic Valuation of Rewards and Willingness to Exert Effort
    Micro-Review: The Impact of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators on Employee Engagement in Information Organizations
    Pre-Release Research Summary: When Do Tangible Rewards Motivate Greater Effort Than Cash Rewards? An Analysis of Three Commonly Cited Differences
    Pre-Release Research Summary: Needs Versus Wants: Which Motivates More Effort?
    Pre-Release Research Summary: Rejections, Incentives, and Employee Creativity: When Chocolate Is Better Than Cash
    Recent & Relevant Research Summary: Self-Selected Sales Incentives: Evidence of their Effectiveness, Persistence, Durability, and Underlying Mechanisms
    Books Reviewed and Recommended
  • Volume 1, Number 4
    Winter 2018

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    This issue of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review contains:
     Summary: The Motivational Properties of Tangible Incentives
     Summary: The Performance Effects of Tangible Versus Cash Rewards: The Mediating Role of Categorization
     Summary: Motivational Spillovers from Awards: Crowding Out in a Multitasking Environment
     Summary: The Carrot or the Stick? Investigating the Functional Meaning of Cash Rewards and Their Motivational Power According to Self-Determination Theory
     Summary: When are Rewards Bad for Innovation? Leaders as Catalysts for Positive Linkages Between Work Motivation and Innovation
     Books: Reviewed & Recommended
  • Volume 1, Number 3
    Release: Fall 2018

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    This issue of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review contains:
     Summary: Intrinsic Motivation and Extrinsic Incentives Jointly Predict Performance: A 40-year Meta-Analysis
     Summary: Do All Material Incentives for Prosocial Activities Backfire?
     Summary: Employee Incentive Programs: Recipient Behaviors in Points, Cash, and Gift Card Programs
     Summary: Preference Reversals in Evaluations of Cash Versus Non-Cash Incentives
     Summary: A Wonderful Life: Experiential Consumption and thePursuit of Happiness, and We’ll Always Have Paris: The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments
    • Summary: Experiential Gifts Foster Stronger Social Relationships than Material Gifts
    • Books: Reviewed & Recommended
  • Volume 1, Number 2
    Release: Summer 2018

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    This issue of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review contains: 
     Summary: Is Cash King for Sales Compensation Plans? 
     Summary: It's Not All About the Jacksons
     Summary: The Currency of Reciprocity
     Summary: Paying $30,000 for a Gold Star
     Books: Reviewed & Recommended
  • Volume 1, Number 1
    Release: Spring 2018

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    This issue of The IRF Quarterly Academic Review contains: 
    Summary: Why Individuals Want Money is What Matters 
    Summary: The Effects of Cash vs. Non-Cash Rewards in Sales Contests
    Summary: The Reward Value of Time
    Research Abstracts
    Books: Reviewed & Recommended


The IRF Quarterly Academic Review was supported by IRF Research Advocacy Partner, United Incentives.