Solving the Organizational Free Riding Problem with Social Networks

Tad Hogg, Bernardo A. Huberman

We describe how social networks can help reduce certain situations of free riding in organizations. The technique uses the homophily of an organization's social network to select an advisory monitoring peer group likely to share knowledge and skills with each participant, and therefore most able to detect free riding in situations requiring those skills. We illustrate this application in the context of a new mechanism, decision insurance, which helps align decision makers' risk preferences with those of their organization.

Subjects: 1. Applications; 7.1 Multi-Agent Systems

Submitted: Jan 2, 2008

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