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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 26th ANZAM Conference 2012|
|Subtitle of host publication||managing for volitility and instability|
|Place of Publication||Perth|
|Publisher||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012) - Perth|
Duration: 5 Dec 2012 → 7 Dec 2012
|Conference||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (26th : 2012)|
|Period||5/12/12 → 7/12/12|
- motivation (Organisational Behaviour)
- creativity (Organisational Behaviour)
- work performance (Organisational Behaviour)
Kirby, L. C., & Searle, B. J. (2012). Motivation and proactivity in solving work problems. In Proceedings of the 26th ANZAM Conference 2012: managing for volitility and instability (pp. 1-17). Perth: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.