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Are all challenges created equal? goal orientations and their relationship with private and public challenging job experiences

Are all challenges created equal? goal orientations and their relationship with private and public challenging job experiences

Sijbom, Roy, Carette, Bernd and Dimitrova, Nicoletta ORCID: 0000-0001-9147-7987 (2019) Are all challenges created equal? goal orientations and their relationship with private and public challenging job experiences. Journal of Personnel Psychology. ISSN 1866-5888 (Print), 2190-5150 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

To advance theory on the motivational underpinnings of striving for challenge, we propose and empirically demonstrate that challenging job experiences can be meaningfully subdivided into two categories –private and public challenging job experiences – based on characteristics of the challenging job experience. Drawing on achievement goal theory, in a two-wave field study among 216 employees (Study 1) and a multi-source field study among 326 employees (Study 2) we found initial evidence regarding differential effects of employees’ mastery-approach and performance-approach goals in relation to private and public challenging job experiences. Furthermore, Study 2 showed a negative relationship between performance-approach goals and supervisor-rated in-role job performance when public challenging job experiences were low. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: job challenge, goal orientation, challenging experiences, mastery goal orientation, performance goal orientation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 11:28
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25252

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