Can Gift-Giving Affect Team Performance?

Diego Arias Padilla*, Xabier Barriola

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we analyze the relationship between the logic of gift and team performance. We explore this connection empirically, using a detailed data set from the National Basketball Association. In particular, we use the NBA Cares Community Assist Award as a way to measure gift-giving to the community. We explore the response of an entire team after one if its members has been recognized for his gift-giving behavior. Using two winners, we show that after a player has received the award there is an increase in the number of assists given by each member of the team, and that there is also an increase in the number of wins. Therefore, our results show that the team’s performance would improve after a player has been recognized because of his gift-giving attitude. This finding to management implies that managers’ incentivization of a sharing and giving philosophy would not only improve their relationship bond but it would also help them increase their performance.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalHumanistic Management Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Community
  • Gift-giving
  • Team performance


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