Definition of Free Rider

A free rider is anybody who is making use of the resources available but not putting enough effort (or at all), contributing to the productivity and development the person is supposed to.

The free-rider problem in management science occurs when an employee isn’t performing his/her designated duties as required yet utilizing the resources.


Example of Free Rider:

A project is assigned to a team of three people, jack, Helena, and Avery. All three have to perform their tasks to complete the project. Jack is not performing his duties at all, thus putting the burden on the rest of the team, eventually delaying the project.

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