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Authors: Jeffrey Pfeffer
Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 1998
Version: 1 August 1998

Abstract

Willamette Industries, a large wood products and pulp and paper manufacturer, has traditionally not used any short-term pay at risk as part of its compensation approach. That means there are no sales commissions, gainsharing, or short term bonus payments to anyone anywhere in the firm. David Morthland, the vice president of personnel and industrial relations, has been asked to reexamine these practices in the context of trends in industry at large toward the greater use of contingent compensation. The case outlines the rationale for Willamette's current pay practices in light of its particular culture, business strategy, and other management practices. Can be used by itself or with other cases illustrating different pay practices to stimulate a discussion of the pros and cons of various approaches to pay.
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1998

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Abstract

Willamette Industries, a large wood products and pulp and paper manufacturer, has traditionally not used any short-term pay at risk as part of its compensation approach. That means there are no sales commissions, gainsharing, or short term bonus payments to anyone anywhere in the firm. David Morthland, the vice president of personnel and industrial relations, has been asked to reexamine these practices in the context of trends in industry at large toward the greater use of contingent compensation. The case outlines the rationale for Willamette's current pay practices in light of its particular culture, business strategy, and other management practices. Can be used by itself or with other cases illustrating different pay practices to stimulate a discussion of the pros and cons of various approaches to pay.

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1998

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