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Management article
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Reference no. 78410
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1978
Length: 11 pages

Abstract

A survey of 380 companies in 34 industries throughout the United States and Canada examined the three basic kinds of compensation plans and found: 1) Salary plans pay fixed rates of compensation and are appropriate when measurements of performance are difficult to ascertain. 2) Commission plans pay salespeople in direct proportion to their sales and are appropriate for maximizing incentives or for predicting sales costs in direct relationship to sales volume. 3) A combination plan includes all variations of salary plans plus other monetary incentive plans. This plan is more complex to administer; however, it allows for greater incentive and flexibility.

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Abstract

A survey of 380 companies in 34 industries throughout the United States and Canada examined the three basic kinds of compensation plans and found: 1) Salary plans pay fixed rates of compensation and are appropriate when measurements of performance are difficult to ascertain. 2) Commission plans pay salespeople in direct proportion to their sales and are appropriate for maximizing incentives or for predicting sales costs in direct relationship to sales volume. 3) A combination plan includes all variations of salary plans plus other monetary incentive plans. This plan is more complex to administer; however, it allows for greater incentive and flexibility.

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