Motivation and proactivity in solving work problems

Laura C. Kirby, Ben J. Searle

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    This study aimed to extend research exploring proactivity and its antecedents using novel experimental methods to address notable limitations in self-report designs. Fifty-three psychology students performed a simulated in-basket memo task requiring proactive problem-solving, and the proactivity of participants’ solutions were evaluated by judges following pre-determined criteria. The relationship between motivation and proactivity was also explored, as it has been speculated that only autonomous motivations should affect proactivity (Parker, Bindl, & Strauss, 2010). Manipulation of task accountability was also investigated. Interesting trends were found with respect to intrinsic motivation and proactivity in particular. Implications for workplace proactivity are discussed. Additional research is currently extending this study with a broader population group, the results of which may be available for presentation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th ANZAM Conference 2012
    Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for volitility and instability
    Place of PublicationPerth
    PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)9780987415806
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012) - Perth
    Duration: 5 Dec 20127 Dec 2012


    ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012)


    • motivation (Organisational Behaviour)
    • creativity (Organisational Behaviour)
    • work performance (Organisational Behaviour)


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