Proactivity at work: emerging perspectives

Benjamin J. Searle, Sebastien Berlioz, Tanya Kelly, Chia-huei Wu, Uta K. Bindl, Sharon K. Parker

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    The dynamic nature of modern workplaces requires that employees anticipate problems, show initiative, and persist in the face of obstacles to achieve desired goals. This process, known as proactivity, has been linked to many organisational benefits. Each of our papers breaks new ground in proactivity research. The first uses attachment theory to explain the developmental roots of proactive tendencies. The second explores the roles of different emotions in each phase of the proactive process. The third shows how different types of stressor can, via emotional mechanisms, drive different forms of proactivity (productive and counterproductive). The final paper examines the way that proactive behaviour is evaluated and rewarded. These four papers have valuable implications for managing proactivity at work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication9th Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOP) conference proceedings 23-26 June, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
    EditorsNerina L. Jimmieson, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Lisa M. Bradley
    Place of PublicationCarlton South, Vic.
    PublisherAustralian Psychological Society
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780909881504
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventAustralian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (9th : 2011) - Brisbane
    Duration: 23 Jun 201126 Jun 2011


    ConferenceAustralian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (9th : 2011)


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