Men pose more obstacles for their work competitors than women. This is the conclusion reached in a study carried out by researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Institute for Applied Microeconomics in Bonn.
Commenting on the study, Professor Petra Nieken, head of Human Resource Management at KIT, said: "Generally, men behave less ethically when competing with their colleagues and overestimate the feud in their work entourage. But, once they know their entourage has become less competitive, they tend to reduce their subversive attitude to women's subversion level."
According to the German news agency, the study included tests that involved 193 men and 191 women under the supervision of Nieken and her colleague Simon Dato from the Institute for Applied Microeconomics.
The participants of both genders were asked to use certain words in a numeric order, and then, they were rewarded with extra points or prizes. They were also allowed to use money to take points from their competitors.
According to Nieken, the experiment showed that men used more money to weaken the performance of their competitors, and won more despite the close results they had with their competitors.
But when the men received information about the true scale of subversion practiced by their competitors, they adjusted their behavior.