TITLE

Moderation by goal commitment of the feedback—performance relationship: Theoretical explanation and preliminary study

AUTHOR(S)
Renn, Robert W.
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Human Resource Management Review;Winter2003, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p561
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper presents goal commitment as one stage of a multidimensional goal striving process that affects feedback acquisition, processing, and use during the achievement of performance goals. Specifically, this paper argues that higher goal commitment leads to more effective acquisition, processing, and use of feedback that in turn fosters higher performance than does lower goal commitment. To provide a preliminary test of this proposition, data from an earlier field study conducted by the author and colleagues [J. Occup. Organ. Psychol. 72 (1999) 107] were used to examine the moderating effects of goal commitment on the relationship between perceived task feedback amount and work performance of 196 rehabilitation counselors. Results were consistent with this proposed interaction, as perceived task feedback amount had a positive linear relationship with work performance for higher goal commitment rehabilitation counselors and a negative linear relationship with performance for lower goal commitment counselors. The discussion urges researchers to broaden their views of goal commitment beyond the goal difficulty–performance relationship and to devote more attention to moderators of the feedback–performance relationship. Directions for future research and practical implications are also discussed.
ACCESSION #
11970332

 

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