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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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What Is at Stake

What Is at Stake

Rewards versus Booty and Incentives

(p.10) What Is at Stake
The Ajax Dilemma

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

This chapter distinguishes between booty, incentive, and reward, and discusses their relevance to the case of Ajax. Booty is a share of a community's profits; its opposite is a share of the losses. An incentive is a management tool for influencing behavior; its opposite is a penalty. A reward recognizes success and confers honor. The opposite of honor is insult, and in the case of Ajax, a distribution of rewards is an insult to those passed over. Incentives and penalties are management tools; these do not belong to the language of leadership since good people will follow a great leader whether booty is in the picture or not. The Ajax dilemma is about rewards, thus it cannot be solved because dilemmas call for leadership, which is famously missing from the Greek army.

Keywords:   Ajax, booty, incentive, reward, honor, insult, leadership

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