When proactivity goes bad

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    Someone with a proactive personality tends to engage in self-starting, future-oriented behaviour that goes beyond role requirements (Bateman & Crant 1993). Many studies have shown that employees with proactive personalities behave in ways that provide considerable benefits to their employer organisation (Crant 1995; Seibert, et al. 2001). However, to date there has been little attention to the risks associated with proactivity. New evidence is described that casts doubt over the prevailing assumption that employee proactivity is universally beneficial for an organisation. Under some situations, proactive employees may be more likely to engage in counterproductive work behaviours. Another study has just concluded that uses experimental methodology to examine the impact of personality along with job autonomy, organisational constraints and psychological contract breach, upon a range of work behaviours. Together, these studies will provide an indication of how to utilise the benefits of proactive employees while also managing the risks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBAM 2009 conference proceedings
    PublisherBritish Academy of Management
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)0954960858
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Brighton, England
    Duration: 15 Sep 200917 Sep 2009


    ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
    CityBrighton, England


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