1st Edition

Attribution Theory
An Organizational Perspective




ISBN 9781884015199
Published February 28, 1995 by CRC Press
382 Pages

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With Special Contributions from Bernard Weiner Ph.D. (UCLA) and Robert Lord Ph.D. (Univ. of Akron)
Attribution theory is concerned with peoples causal explanation for outcomes: successes and failures. The basic premise is that beliefs about outcomes are a primary determinant of expectations and, consequently, future behavior. Attribution theory articulates how this process occurs and provides a basis for understanding that translates into practical action.
Attribution Theory: An Organizational Perspective serves as a primary sourcebook of attribution theory as it relates to management and organizational behavior. The text provides an integrated explanation of the role and function of attribution theory in the organization. This important new book contains original empirical research relating attributions to leader evaluations, reactions to information technologies, management of diverse work groups, achievement, and executive succession and power. The contributors are from a variety of disciplines including management, psychology, education, educational psychology, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Attributions and the Emergence of Leadership
Fixing Blame in N-Person Attributions: A Social Identity Model for Attributional Processes in Newly Formed Cross-Functional Groups
Group Disruptive Justice Norms and Attributions for Performance Outcomes as a Function of Group Power Distribution
Negative Affectivity and Failure at Work
Attributions Concerning Absence from Work
Computer Friend or Foe? The Influence of Optimistic vs. Pessimistic Attributional Styles and Gender on User Reactions and Performance
Organizational Politics and Citizenship
The Effect of Demographic Diversity on Casual Attributions of Work-Group Success and Failure
Supervisory Attributions and Evaluative Judgments of Subordinate Performance
A Mid-Range Theory of the Leader/Member Attribution Process in Professional Service Organizations
The Measurement of Attributions in Organizational Research
The Role of Cognitive Load in Supervisor Attributions of Subordinate Behavior
Realizing the Advantages of Organizational Interdependencies: The Role of Attributionally-Mediated Emotions
The Development and Evaluation of a Scale to Measure Organizational Attribution Style
A Comparison of the Validity, Predictiveness and Consistency of a Trait vs. Situational Measure of Attributions
Future Directions
Index

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