variable ratio reinforcement

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variable ratio (VR) reinforcement

reinforcement that requires variable numbers of responses.
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The limited success of realigning the reward structure reflects an inability to manage individual behavior due to rewards not being administered in a timely manner, failure to use a variable ratio reinforcement schedule, and the lack of time most managers face in the challenging jobs of today.
First, formal compensation systems generally lack the capacity to directly reinforce individual performance using a variable ratio reinforcement schedule, which is necessary for high levels of sustained performance.

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